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3 suspects arrested in connection with First Commercial Bank ATM heist

Three foreign suspects were arrested in Taiwan in connectionwith their alleged involvement in an NT$81 million from 's ATMnetwork, Agence France-Presse reported July 18, citing the police.

Local authorities arrested one Latvian suspect in thenortheastern county of Yilan and two other suspects hailing from Romania andMoldova in a hotel in Taipei. The three are believed to be part of a 16-memberinternational crime ring. Other members of the group, including five Russians,have already left the island, according to the police.

The police also recovered more than half of the stolenmoney. It aims to continue its search for the rest of the money and has soughthelp from the Interpol and Russia's de facto embassy in Taiwan.

The robbers are believed to have used malware to withdrawthe money from 41 ATMs in three cities. It is still unclear how the thievesinstalled the malware.

As of July 15, US$1was equivalent to NT$31.93.