Cyprus Mail

Paphos police arrest mugging suspect

Paphos police on Friday arrested a Greek man, 19, and were seeking his 24-year-old brother in connection with several tourist muggings.

Police said four assaults against female tourists had been reported between 9.50pm Thursday and 3.30am.

Two individuals approached the women in a car and the front-seat passenger snatched their bags, police said.

In one of the incidents where a Russian tourist tried to resist, she was pushed to the ground and injured.

Police mounted a manhunt for the suspects’ arrest, eventually locating them at a petrol station in Kato Paphos.

At the sight of the police, the 24-year-old, who was at the wheel, drove off, abandoning his brother who got out of the car to fill it with petrol.

The 19-year-old was arrested and during questioning he admitted to committing the offenses and led police to three spots where they found part of the stolen property.

He also named his brother as his accomplice.

The vehicle was found abandoned near the petrol station at 4.30am.

Four Cypriots, aged between 16 and 28, were also arrested two days ago in connection with numerous cases of theft.

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