By Constantinos Psillides
POLICE arrested a 32-year old man from Kolossi yesterday on suspicion of conspiring with former convict Andreas Onoufriou to commit two armed robberies and two attempted murders.
Onoufriou is currently on trial for attempted murder, after firing at police officers in May, while trying to avoid capture in relation with a separate case.
Police said investigators were able to link Onoufriou and his alleged accomplice to the armed robberies and attempted murder, after the ballistics report on the bullet shells that were collected from the two crime scenes was completed.
The 32-year old has been remanded for two days in custody.
According to Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriadis, police linked Onoufriou and his alleged partner to the robbery of a Limassol Co-op branch on November 28, 2013 and the robbery of the Public Sector Employees Co-op branch on January 27 this year. Soteriadis said that when the two robbers fled the scene after the first robbery, they opened fire to scare one of the customers in the bank, which is why the murder attempt charge was added.
In addition, the two men are suspected of firing against the manager of a used car lot on October 13, 2013, when he spotted the two in a vehicle that was stolen from his lot. The manager gave chase and tried to stop the two men. They left the stolen car in Moutayiaka area in Limassol, fired against the manager and fled the scene.
Soteriadis said that both suspects are refusing to cooperate with authorities.
The Limassol spokesman said that the investigation is about to be wrapped up and that the case file will be delivered to the Attorney-general’s office.
“We are confident that we have struck a decisive blow against serious crime, since the investigation has to do with armed robbery and attempted murder,” said Soteriadis.