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Two remanded over staged robbery (updated)

Armed robbery, police, investigation
Police on Monday at the scene of the crime

Two men were remanded in custody for seven days on Tuesday after their arrest for allegedly being involved in a case of staging a robbery.

The incident unfolded at around noon on Monday when a 54-year-old man reported to police that he had been robbed on the highway near Parekklisia.

The driver, a hotel worker, claimed a masked, armed man stopped his car by pulling in front of him in a rental car. A man then reportedly got out of the car, smashed his window of the first car, and stole a bag containing €30,000 of company money which he was transporting to a bank.

Reports showed a car with a broken window, while they also stated that the suspects spoke in basic Greek.

It later transpired that the robbery was fake, and the 54-year-old confessed he had set up the scheme with a 53-year-old man to steal the cash.

Police on Tuesday also carried out further investigations at the suspects’ homes.

The 53-year-old suspect, who has a criminal record, has denied any involvement in the case, according to police reports.

In a search of his home, police found and confiscated eight hand grenades for which he did not have a permit.

Officers are still attempting to trace the €30,000.

Officers initially said they were particularly concerned as to how the perpetrators knew the exact timing and route of the cash deposit operation.

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