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Four held in connection with Paphos muggings

Paphos police arrested four Cypriot men on Wednesday in connection with a number of tourist muggings in the area.

Police said one of the men, 26, confessed to committing 20 separate muggings, mainly of tourists.

The pair were arrested after a tourist reported to police on Monday that she had been mugged by two men while walking home, on Michalis Papastylianou road in Paphos.

The woman managed to give police a description of the car the assailants used to leave the scene.

They took her bag, valued at €230, which had her mobile phone worth €590, a camera valued at around €350 and €100 in cash in it.

On Wednesday, police located a white saloon car fitting the description, with two men aged 26 and 22.

The two men, who are unemployed Paphos residents were arrested and taken to Paphos CID where they admitted stealing the tourist’s bag.

“One of the two men showed police where some of the stolen goods were and they were taken as evidence,” Angelides said. “The 26-year-old confessed that recently he had robbed 20 people, mainly tourists,” he added.

Police later arrested another two men in connection with the muggings. The four men were remanded for six days by Paphos district court.

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