A total of six foreign nationals have been convicted in connection with thefts “from a number of local financial institutions” in recent month.

Following “a number of successful investigations” the Bermuda Police Service said today they expect more convictions in the months ahead as investigations continue.

A spokesman said the convictions, which include residents from Eastern Europe, France and Puerto Rico, came after investigations between January and October.

Charges included conspiracy to steal, possession of equipment made or adapted for making false debit and credit cards, possession of false debit and credit cards, theft and attempted theft.

“With clear indications that the island is being targeted by international criminal enterprise, the Bermuda Police Service Criminal Investigations Unit continues to work closely with our overseas partners to put an end to this illegal activity and is following a number of specific lines of inquiry, which we are confident will lead to further successful prosecution before the courts.”

“Six individuals from countries in Eastern Europe as well as France and Puerto Rico, have been sentenced to periods of incarceration ranging from nine months to nineteen months as a result of these investigations,” the spokesman said.

“Charges included conspiracy to steal, possession of equipment made or adapted for making false debit and credit cards, possession of false debit and credit cards, as well as theft and attempted theft.”