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Police believe same man behind two early morning attacks (updated)

Police believe the same person who attacked a hotel receptionist in Oroklini and stole €130 early on Thursday later on robbed a supermarket in Livadia, making off with a further €500.

A receptionist working in an Oroklini hotel reported to police he was attacked at 2am on Thursday and the sum of €130 was stolen.

The 86-year-old Turkish Cypriot night worker reported that shortly after 2am an unknown person about 1.85 metres tall got out of a hire car outside the hotel.

Covering his face with his T-shirt, the man entered the hotel, grabbed a piece of wood from the hotel and attacked the employee. As the employee fell to the floor, the man took the money from the drawer of the front desk.

According to the 86-year-old the masked man spoke with a Cypriot accent.

The attack was filmed by the hotel’s security camera.

The employee hurt his arm when he was trying to protect himself and was taken by ambulance to Larnaca general hospital.

At around 7am a supermarket owner from Livadia told police an unknown person whose head was covered with a handkerchief had entered the building at 6.45am and threatened him with a piece of wood, demanding money.

He took €500 from the cash register and some packs of cigarettes before leaving in a small rental car.

Like the receptionist, the supermarket owner reported the attacker was speaking with a Cypriot accent.

Police have launched a manhunt to locate the suspect.

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