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Remand after two arrests for string of armed robberies at Paphos kiosks (updated)

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A 25-year-old man was remanded in custody for seven days on Monday in connection with a string of armed robberies at Paphos kiosks over the last few days.

A second suspect, also 25, requested legal assistance and his request is being considered.

According to a Paphos police spokesman, five kiosk robberies, between March 4 and 16, are being investigated, as well as a sixth case of robbery committed in January at a restaurant. A case of car theft is also being investigated, as well as one of arson of the stolen car.

Evidence emerged against the two 25-year-olds and Paphos police on Sunday night arrested them after they had been wanted for some days.

The first man was located shortly before 9pm in a Paphos hotel room while the second had been taken to the Polis Chrysochous police station, where he was being held, after his arrest on Thursday, as a suspect for the burglary of a pharmacy.

The first suspect is being investigated for two robbery cases, namely, at a restaurant in January while a female employee was opening the premises; and at a kiosk in Paphos in March. The kiosk robbery was committed under threat of a pistol and a knife.

The second suspect is being investigated for four thefts, which he allegedly admitted to when interrogated by police following his arrest. Specifically, he admitted to three robberies committed on March 12, 15 and 16, as well as theft of the vehicle later found burnt.

The first robbery was committed by the two suspects, under threat of an iron crowbar.

The robbery on March 15, according to the evidence so far, was committed under threat of a pistol, while according to evidence still under investigation, the robbery on March 16 appears to have been committed under threat of a hunting gun.

Along with the March 16 robbery, which the second 25-year-old allegedly confessed to, it seems that evidence has emerged against him for a robbery committed minutes earlier, at another kiosk, also under the threat of a hunting gun.

The car, valued at €2,000, was stolen from the parking lot of an apartment building in Paphos.

According to information obtained so far, it is believed that the 25-year-old suspects used it while committing the robberies.

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