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Daylight robbery on supermarket employee ends in failure

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Two men tried to rob a 57-year-old supermarket employee, who had been carrying the weekend’s revenues to the bank on Monday morning.

According to Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades, the incident took place at around 9:20am Monday, while the employee, tasked with depositing the money – some €80,000 – was riding his motorbike to the bank.

According to his statement, an unidentified man in a hoodie, who had been standing on the sidewalk, attacked the 57-year-old, attempting to spray his face.

But the man, who had been wearing a helmet, resisted the attack, at which point a second person, whose face was covered, exited a car parked on the sidewalk, and joined the first assailant in attacking the supermarket employee.

Having overrun the man and retrieved the motorbike’s keys, they tried to open the storage compartment in the back of the motorbike, where the money had been stored.

But with the victim’s loud cries for help, the would-be robbers fled the scene in the parked car, before they could get their hands on the money.

Soteriades said that the black car the assailants used carried a licence-plate with KHG084, but the plates were found to have been stolen from a car in Nicosia.

He called on anyone with information on the perpetrators to contact the police.

Soteriades advised businessmen to avoid using such means to transfer large sums, because on the one hand they endanger the lives of their employees, and on the other they risk losing their money.



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