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Bank robbery with a taste of terrorism

09 August 2014 / 14:08:15  GRReporter
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The robbery of a bank branch at the intersection of Artemidos street and Kefalinias street in Saronida on Friday, August 8 ended with a short captivity of the director of the branch and an avoided meeting with the police.

According to information of To Vima newspaper, representatives of the Greek police believe that behind the robbery loot of only 3,300 Euros lies Petrakakos George, an associate of Nikos Maziotis, as well as other criminals with past experience in bank robberies in Thessaloniki and in Argolis, which have also been in the environment of the anarchist.

In the analysis of the recordings from the cameras of the bank, the policemen recognized two people with wigs and one more with an electrician's uniform that have appeared in previous robberies in Methana, Akrata, etc., by the armed gang of Maziotis. From the comparison of videos investigators have concluded that most probably the same armed group is involved in the robbery of € 70,000 from a branch of another bank in Marathon on July 1st.

A total of five perpetrators took part in the robbery in Saronida, four of which broke into the bank. They escaped with a stolen Α-class Mercedes which they abandoned behind a neighbouring church, and disappeared with another vehicle.

The robbery, step by step

According to the police data, the perpetrators may have observed the branch before the robbery. Initially, three criminals entered, as at this point there were many customers in the branch. Later, the fourth of them entered the premises, following an unsuspecting client of the bank.

Offenders headed towards the director of the branch and the cashier and, after taking 3,300 Euro from the pay-desk, they wanted the ATM of the branch to be opened. However, at this point one of the two cashiers replied that this was impossible because they did not know how to do that.

Then the perpetrators became very nervous because they decided that an employee had managed to push the alarm button and got scared that the police would come immediately. A bank robbery with a taste of terrorism.

The robbers decided to leave the bank immediately after spending three and a half minutes there, taking the director of the branch as their "shield" until they exited.

It is reminded that the perpetrators of the robbery in Spetses in the summer of 2013, a robbery which is attributed to the same armed group, also resorted to such short hostage of bank employees. Then the thieves were also afraid of the arrival of the police from the neighbouring police station

The perpetrators of the robbery in Saronida quickly fled from the bank, got in a stolen car and only a few minutes later the police arrived at the bank.

Police officers are worried that there will follow other bank robberies in Attica and in the neighbouring regions.


Paula Roupa and Nikos Maziotis,

Meanwhile, the girlfriend of Nikos Maziotis, Paula Roupa, who is wanted by the police published a long text on the indymedia website on Friday afternoon. In it, she comments on the manner in which Maziotis was detained, how the media covered this, while attacking the government and the “economic elite” at the same time. Roupa also comments on the incarceration of Maziotis in Diavaton prison where there are no physicians even for the emergency medical needs of prisoners, and sends a message that she will not give herself up.

Paula Roupa also talks about the investigation of the deaths of immigrants in Farmakonisi and about the recent acquittal decision of the court with regard to strawberry growers in Manolada. At the same time, she does not comment on the information announced by the police concerning the cooperation of Maziotis with George Petrakakis.

The message of Paula Roupa who is an author of the representations of the Revolutionary Struggle organization ends with the statement that she was, is and will be a member of the organization that continues to perform its activity.

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