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Police release jewellery shop suspect (updated)

photo of a suspect released by police

A suspect arrested in connection with a Limassol jewellery shop robbery has been released by police after it was confirmed that he did not take part in the smash-and-grab that netted valuable watches worth around €1.0 million.

The 28-year-old Syrian man was arrested on Thursday morning because he resembled the man who pretended to be a client to distract the security guard.

The man was released after the guard told police he was not the person who spoke to him on Wednesday, seconds before four other men wearing hoods burst into the store.

The men beat up the guard and smashed the glass cases containing expensive watches and other valuables.

The thieves got away with around 100 watches and two gold rings.

Police said the least expensive watch retailed for €9,000 and the most expensive was priced at €40,000.

Investigators were looking at the footage from the security cameras while the hammer used to smash the windows, which the perpetrators left behind, was also being examined.

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