By Constantinos Psillides
The Larnaca District Court on Tuesday issued an eight-day remand for two Georgian nationals, 31 and 30, in connection with the armed robbery of a supermarket in Livadia village, Larnaca, at around 8pm on Monday.
The two suspects are accused of armed robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, the two suspects tried to rob ‘Stelios’ supermarket in Livadia. The 31-year-old is suspected of attacking one of the supermarket’s employees from behind and hitting him with a crowbar on the head, in order to snatch €2,750 in the cash register and ended up taking the entire drawer from the till with the money inside.
The 31-year-old fled the scene and tried to get into a car that was waiting for him nearby but the employee and a passerby gave chase. The 30-year-old hit the passerby on the hand when he tried to stop him from entering the car and fled on foot. The unidentified driver left the scene.
The 31-year-old ran towards the Ayioi Anargiroi refugee estate but was chased by other members of the public. When the suspect was caught he hit one of his pursuers with the crowbar but was eventually subdued.
Police officers found €950 scattered in the area where the suspect tried to flee and €1,680 still in the drawer of the register the 31-year-old had discarded.
The supermarket employee and the two citizens were taken to the Larnaca General Hospital, were they were treated for bruising and lacerations. They were subsequently released.
In a statement to the police, the 31-year-old identified the 30-year-old as the driver. Police arrested his compatriot at his house in Latsia, Nicosia district.
The 30-year-old admitted to being acquainted with the robber and being in Larnaca at the time but denied having anything to do with the crime.