Cyprus Mail

Jailed for armed robbery

Two Georgian men, both holders of Greek passports, were jailed for six years on Monday after they were found guilty of a armed robbery that took place in Larnaca in March this year.

George Leonidis, 31, and 30-year-old Demetris Gavrielides, both unemployed, were found guilty of robbing Stelios supermarket at Livadhia, Larnaca, in the evening of March 30.

The suspects had attacked an employee who was carrying a cash box with €2,750. The court heard that Leonidis used a crowbar to hit the employee who fell to the ground. The suspect grabbed the box and tried to get in a waiting car nearby but he was chased by the employee and a bystander.

The defendant hit the bystander on the arm with the crowbar and tried to flee the scene on foot as the vehicle accelerated and left the area.

More people joined the chase and managed to catch the defendant who tried to head towards the Ayioi Anargyroi refugee estate.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested the man. They found the crowbar and €950 in notes, which people said were scattered along the route followed by the 31-year-old suspect in his failed bid to escape.

The cash box snatched by the man was found in the area. It contained €1,680.

The rest of the money appears to have been lost in the fields.

He later named the driver of the car as the 30-year-old co-defendant. He was arrested at his house in Latsia, Nicosia. The 30-year-old admitted to being in Larnaca but denied any involvement in the case.


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