A policeman who had his service sidearm stolen from his car Tuesday as he attended a funeral in Nicosia district was suspended from duty immediately afterwards, following orders from Chief of Police, Zacharias Chrisostomou.
According to police, the officer had left the pistol in a bag under the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle between 5.45 and 6.05pm while he attended the burial ceremony in Dali’s new cemetery. On returning to his car he discovered the back rear window had been smashed. As well as the weapon and several rounds of ammunition, his police and civil identity cards and €240 in cash were taken.
There were many people present in the area at the time.
The officer is a member of the same intelligence gathering unit that Ilias Hadjiefthimou, who was gunned down in Ayia Napa last month along with three others, belonged to.
Police are obliged to carry their service pistols with them and take all necessary measures to ensure their safety.