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Spate of muggings along Nicosia’s Stasinou Avenue points to single gang

Police are investigating three separate cases of muggings on different days on Stasinou Avenue in Nicosia over the past week, they said on Sunday.

The latest incident happened late Saturday.

A man filed a complaint saying he was cycling along the road at around 10pm when he was stopped by four men, one of whom hit him and demanded money. When the victim said he did not have any, they took his bike.

According to the description given to the police, the perpetrators were of an unknown nationality, one was short, of normal height, and the other three taller and more stocky. One carried an iron bar.

The second incident on the same road happened in the early hours of Saturday. A man filed a complaint at 8pm on Saturday night saying he had been walking along the avenue around 1.30am that morning when he was approached by two men, one of whom was holding an iron bar.

The victim ran away but they followed him, one hit him in the face, and stole his wallet containing personal papers and 200 euros in cash.

According to the complainant, the perpetrators were short, stocky, were white and wore jeans, white shoes and red and yellow sweatshirts respectively.

An third incident happened on the same road on Thursday but was only reported on Saturday evening, police said. They said two people complained that while they were walking along Stasinou on Thursday a black car pulled up with four men inside.

Three of them got out, one was holding an iron bar with which they threatened the victims into handing over their cash. The thieves got away with 6 euros from one of the victims and 60 euros from the other.

According to the complainants, the perpetrators were of average height and weight, and white.

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