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Petrol station robbery nets €8,000

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Around €8,000 was stolen from a petrol station in Palodia in Limassol after its owner was mugged on Tuesday morning, police said.

The 40-year-old owner was placing the money in the station’s pay machine, which he used as a safe, when the incident happened just before 7am.

“An unknown man approached him, demanded the money and struck him on the head” with an unknown object, Limassol CID chief Ioannis Sotiriades said.

The man wore a black motorcycle helmet.

He grabbed the €8,000 and disappeared while the owner called his family to take him to the hospital and also notified police.

Soteriades said that the force’s job is made more difficult by the fact that the petrol station is in a remote area and there were no witnesses.

The petrol station does not have security cameras either.

The 40-year-old described his assailant as being between 25 and 35 years of age, of thin build.

The thief spoke with a Cypriot accent.

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