Agents make arrest in an electronic bank robbery

Judicial agents said today that a band of tech-savvy crooks breached the security of a private bank’s computer system and systematically drew out quantities of money over seven months.

The gang leaders enlisted others to receive the money in their own accounts, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.  The name of the bank was not released immediately.

The judicial agency said that the money came from the principal accounts of the bank and not form the accounts of customers. The amount stolen may be as much as 110 million colons (about $220,000) and $200,000 in dollars.

Agents detained five individuals earlier today in the homes in Heredia Centro, La Uruca, Mercedez Norte, San Rafael de Alajuela and Barva,

The thefts were discovered by bank security, the agency said. One of the men involved as a suspect is an expert in computer systems, said the agency. A report said there may be more arrests.

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