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Petrol station pay machine stolen using digger… again

Footage from the station's security cameras show digger thief in action

A man using a digger stole the pay machine at a Larnaca petrol station on Monday morning, the second time in two months.

Police said the incident took place at the Lukoil station on Artemidos Avenue at 2.50am.

The perpetrator got away with €330 and caused damage worth €15,000, police said.

It was the second time in two months the specific station’s pay machine was stolen using a digger and the third such incident in Larnaca in the past three months.

The perpetrator stole the digger from a construction site on Piale Pasha Avenue, drove to Artemidos where he ripped the pay machine out of the ground.

He carried it to an adjacent field where he broke it and removed the cash.

Police were trying to find clues from footage recorded by the station’s security cameras.

It is believed that it is the same perpetrator who hit the station in January and one in Aradippou in December 2013.

The Aradippou incident ended with the perpetrator fleeing the scene empty handed after the alarm went off.

The attacks are swift – a minute or less – and so far they have all taken place in the early hours of Monday, probably because the thief expected to find more cash inside the machines after the weekend.

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