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Armed robber makes off with man’s shorts containing 3,500 euros

Limassol police are investigating an armed robbery against a Syrian business owner and permanent resident in the early hours of Sunday in which the knife-wielding thief got away with around 3,500 euros and a cheque book after stealing the victim’s shorts.

The Syrian man was driving in the centre of Limassol around 3.30am when he came across a young man asking for help saying he had hurt his foot and needed a ride home to the Turkish Cypriot quarter of the town.

On the way, he suddenly produced a knife and allegedly forced the Syrian man, 54, to park behind a church where he threatened to hurt him unless he handed over the shorts he was wearing. The Syrian complied and the young man fled.

According to the Syrian, his wallet, containing 3,500 euros, and cheque book were in the pockets of his shorts.

He described the robber as being around 20 years old, 1.8m tall and unshaven.

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