Visitor charged with thefts from ATMs

A Bulgarian national visiting the island appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, charged with theft from automatic teller machines belonging to two different banks.

Nikolay Nikolov, 35, is accused of stealing an undetermined amount of cash from the ATMs between Sept. 23 and Sept. 28. He is further charged with attempting to steal cash from various ATMs during the same period.

Defense attorney John Furniss told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that Nikolov is a Bulgarian national whose English “is not too bad.” The defendant was first brought to court on Sept. 30 and was assisted by someone on the island who speaks Bulgarian.

Mr. Furniss told the court that Nikolov would prefer to be dealt with in Summary Court.

The magistrate pointed out that no amounts had been specified in the charges. Without that detail, they would have to be treated as relating to less than $5,000, which would keep them in Summary Court.

Mr. Furniss said he understood from an investigating officer that more charges might be coming.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Oct. 17. The defendant has been in custody since his arrest and no bail application has been made.