By Constantinos Psillides
Around 100 luxury wrist watches and two gold rings were stolen from a jewellery shop in Limassol on Wednesday afternoon, during what appears to be a smash and grab raid by five men who injured a security guard in the process.
While the value of the items was yet to be estimated, police said the least expensive watch retailed for €9,000 and the most expensive was priced at €40,000.
The store, located on Makarios Avenue in Limassol, was guarded by a security guard working for a private security firm.
The man was attacked and is currently hospitalized at the Limassol general hospital, after having four of his teeth broken.
A woman store employee was also present but was not harmed.
According to police, a man wearing a blue shirt entered the store at 3.15pm pretending to be interested in a watch, apparently to distract the security guard.
While the guard was talking to the man, four other men wearing hoods burst into the store, beat up the guard, and smashed the glass cases containing the valuables.