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Armed robbery at co-op in Paphos (updated)

Police outside the scene of the robbery in Timi on August 7

Police in Paphos are searching for two armed robbers who blasted their way into a branch of the co-op bank in Timi at around 8.30am on Monday before demanding cash and fleeing the scene with around €30,000.

Police patrols and a helicopter are scouring the area in search of the robbers who made their getaway in a beige/coffee coloured Hyundai four-wheel drive, registration LAR 046, Paphos police spokesman Michalis Ioannou told the Cyprus Mail.

The vehicle was reported stolen from a parking lot at Paphos airport. The owner is from Larnaca and parked it at the airport while traveling abroad.

Ioannou said that the robbers spoke in broken Greek, and both wielded guns at terrified staff.

“They shot the glass of the security doors at the front of the bank before entering, they had their faces covered and demanded money from the two female bank tellers on duty,” he said.

The robbers spoke to the terrified women and said: “Don’t be afraid, we need only the money,” said Ioannou.

According to police, one brandished a Cyprus issue G3 assault rifle, and the other a hunting shotgun. The bank opened at 7.45am.

Staff met the armed robbers’ demands and emptied cash from their tills into a bag the robbers brought to the scene before the pair fled and jumped into the car parked close by and made their escape.

Finger print and DNA experts are now at the scene, which has been cordoned off, to carry out investigations, and police have already studied CCTV footage.

“It’s too early to know the amount stolen as the experts have to carry out work at the scene before we can examine the cash drawers,” said Ioannou.

The police spokesman said that the men are described as being 1.80 metres and 1.65 metres tall, but were wearing hoods.

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