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Police on the hunt for supermarket robbers who netted €87,000

Two armed robberies that took place in Limassol on Sunday saw the perpetrators take off with loot totalling almost €90,000 in cash, according to the police.
Early on Sunday night, around 7.30pm, according to a police report – four individuals arrived at a supermarket in Yermasoyia, Limassol. Three disembarked from the vehicle, while the fourth, who served as the driver, remained in the car.
Inside the supermarket, which had just closed for the day, were the two last customers, as well as five employees. The perpetrators forced their way through the entrance and produced pistols.
In broken Greek, one of the robbers threatened the supermarket supervisor that he would kill her and forced her to open the supermarket’s safe, which contained the proceeds of the last three days, which she handed to him.
As soon as they were handed the money – estimated to have been €87,000 – the perpetrators returned to the waiting car and fled. Shortly afterward, the car was found in flames approximately two kilometres to the north of the supermarket’s location.
Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said that, among other leads, police were examining the supermarket’s closed-circuit TV system, which recorded the robbers’ movements.
Meanwhile, a few hours later, an unidentified armed man wearing a helmet entered a kiosk in Archbishop Makarios avenue in Ipsonas, Limassol.
Brandishing his pistol, he forced the kiosk employee to hand him the day’s proceeds, which totalled some €600, and subsequently fled the scene.

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