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Greek Cypriot arrested in north for jewellery-shop robbery

The hole drilled into the wall of the shop

A 69-year-old Greek Cypriot was arrested in the north on Friday on suspicion of robbing a jewellery shop in Famagusta in October.

Daily Kibris newspaper reported that Pavlos Pavlikkas was arrested at the Turkish Cypriot checkpoint at Ayios Dhometios checkpoint while trying to cross north at around 11.30am.

The 69-year-old was remanded for three days pending trial. His car has been seized.

Turkish Cypriot authorities say Pavlikkas along with three other men, entered by drilling a hole on the store’s wall. They then broke into two safes, getting away with around €40,000 worth of valuables.

The robbery took place on the weekend of October 22 and 24. It had been recorded by the store’s security cameras.

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