Police have arrested a 32-year-old Bulgarian man and an Iranian man and woman aged 38 and 30 following a daring daylight robbery at a jewellery store on Wednesday morning in Limassol.
According to reports the Iranian man and woman entered the store pretending to be customers, distracting the employee by asking to see various pieces of jewellery.
The Bulgarian man then entered, taking the employee by surprise, tying her up and putting her in a back room. The three managed to take a large number of items which they put in backpacks, locked the store’s entrance and took the key before fleeing on foot, police said.
“The employee managed to free herself and called for help. Police patrols were informed and given descriptions of the robbers,” assistant chief of Limassol CID Marinos Vassiliou said.
Shortly afterwards, officers managed to locate the three suspects attempting to get into a taxi. They made a run for it, ducking into a nearby alley with officers in hot pursuit. In his efforts to get away, the 38-year-old Iranian man head-butted one of the officers and breaking his nose, police said.
All three were eventually arrested and taken to Limassol CID headquarters for questioning. Two officers were taken to hospital after sustaining injuries in the scuffle.
The three suspects were searched and police said they found jewellery with price tags, which indicated they belonged to the store as well as the key to the store and €400 in cash.
At the shop, police also found a backpack, believed to have been left behind by the suspects, which contained a loaded pistol that will be sent for forensic testing.