Cyprus Mail

Passersby catch woman who tried to rob jewellery store

Passersby on Tuesday caught a woman who allegedly tried to rob a Limassol jewellery shop with a female accomplice using pepper spray on the owner.

Police said the 54-year-old suspect was caught by passersby and other shop owners who heard the jeweller cry for help just after 2pm. A second woman, 64, was sought by police.

The two suspects entered the shop on Ayios Andreas Street pretending they were customers.

They managed to get the owner of the shop to show them paintings and jewellery on display in a mezzanine area where they tried to immobilise her using pepper stray.

The owner managed to get away and called for help, prompting members of the public to intervene. They managed to catch one of the suspects but the second one escaped arrest and was being sought by the authorities.

In the 54-year-old’s purse police found a kitchen knife. The two women are known to police who investigated similar cases against them in the past.

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