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Getaway car in Ayios Athanasios bank robbery found burning in Yermasoyia

The co-op branch at Ayios Athanasios

The getaway car used on Tuesday by the robbers of the co-op bank’s Ayios Athanasios branch in Limassol during which more than €28,000 was taken, was found in flames in Yermasoyia early on Wednesday.

The car, a BMW X3, was located in a Yermasoyia area after authorities were alerted that a vehicle was burning. The blaze was put out by the fire service but the car was destroyed. It was reported stolen last month.

It was confirmed that it was the getaway car the bank robbers used on Tuesday.

The branch was robbed in the morning at gunpoint, for the third time, when two people wearing helmets approached the branch on a motorbike and forced open the side entrance.

Instructing the 11 customers to lie on the ground, the robbers, who were armed with a sawn-off hunting shotgun and a pistol, ordered the tellers to hand over the cash, reportedly around €28,000.

After taking the cash they fled on the motorbike which they abandoned 500 metres from the building and from there, they were seen escaping in a blue BMW X3 vehicle.

Investigations continue to locate the two thieves, who, police believe may be the same ones who robbed the co-op branch last August and again in September, taking in total €90,000, as they used similar methods.

The first two times, the robbers were armed with the same type of weapons and fled the scene on high-powered motorcycles which were found burning shortly afterwards not far from the scene.

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