Warrants Issued for a Series of ATM Thefts & Mischiefs

Posted On Thursday June 01, 2023

Region of Peel Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau have issued arrest warrants for three individuals in relation to a series of ATM thefts and mischiefs.

It is alleged that over a two-month period beginning in April 2023, the accused parties targeted financial institutions across Peel and the GTA by tampering with ATMs. In each instance, the machine's cash distribution doors would appear to be inoperative, leaving legitimate bank customers without their withdrawal. Once the customer left the machine, the accused parties would re-attend the ATM to retrieve the money and tampering device.

Investigators have identified three parties allegedly responsible for these incidents, and arrest warrants have been issued for the following persons:

  • Ionut Aurel Iova, a 41-year-old man from Toronto, is facing twenty-eight charges of Theft Under $5000 and twenty-eight charges of Mischief.
  • Marius Cosmin Iova, a 36-year-old man from Toronto, faces three charges of Theft Under $5000 and three of Mischief.
  • Maria-Rodica Cicea, a 40-year-old female from Toronto, faces six charges of Theft Under $5000 and six of Mischief.

Peel Regional Police believe there may be more victims within the GTA and beyond, as the accused’s have been known to operate across Canada. Peel Regional Police encourage you to report similar incidents to your financial institution and local Police.

Investigators are dedicated to protecting individuals, groups and vulnerable persons in our community. In many Fraud cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the fraudster's profit.

Anyone with any informationis asked to call investigators from the Fraud Bureau Bureau at 905-453-2121, extension 3335. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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