Police on Friday were questioning a man suspected of helping two men get away after robbing the Ayios Athanasios co-op bank in Limassol earlier in the morning. The thieves got away with some €40,000
Some 10 people were in the branch at the time – five of which were staff and four or five customers, Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said.
It was the same branch that was robbed of €40,000 on August 16 and according to Soteriades, police did not rule out the possibility of the suspects being the same.
At around 9:35am, two people entered the branch, which has a double door security system, with their faces covered.
They got through the first door by following a customer in and then smashed the second, brandishing two sawn-off hunting shotguns and yelling in a Cypriot accent “robbery, everyone on the ground,” Soteriades said.
They were described as short and tanned and had used a stolen Honda to reach the bank. The same vehicle was used to get away.
It was found burnt under a flyover in Mesa Gitonia a short while later.
According to police, the robbers changed to a white Mazda Demio and were believed to be heading towards Nicosia.
Police officers in Moni stopped a car that fitted the description and took the driver, who was by himself, for questioning.
This was the fourth co-op robbery in the past month, during which over €100,000 were stolen from three different branches.
On August 2, two individuals smashed the entrance of the bank’s Pyrgos branch in Limassol getting away with €14,980.
Five days later on August 7, the Timi branch in Paphos was robbed of €30,000 by two people wielding a G3 assault rifle and a hunting shotgun.
On August 16, two perpetrators got away with €30,000 from the Ayios Athanasios branch.