February 8, 2023

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Tonight: armed robbery of a hotel in Kifissia

On the night of Thursday to Friday, an armed robbery of a hotel in Kifisia took place, the police are searching for the criminals.

The incident took place at about 2 am on December 23, in a well-known hotel on Pellis Street in Kifissia. Two criminals drove up on a motorcycle and got inside. Pointing a weapon at the receptionist on duty and immobilizing him, the robbers demanded cash.

The man did not resist and gave all the money – from the cash register and a small safe. Having received cash, the amount of which is unknown, the criminals left the scene on their motorcycle. The hotel employee notified the police.

Law enforcement officers, having video from the hotel’s CCTV cameras, are searching for criminals. The Attica Security Service (Ασφάλεια Αττικής) is conducting a preliminary investigation, writes CNN Greece.

Armed robbery of a convenience store occurred in Naples (Thessaloniki) on the night of Sunday 11 December. “Lightning robbery” committed in the center of the Greek capital in mid-December – the robbers smashed with a sledgehammer showcase Rolex and stole 20 expensive watches. From jewelry store in Argos on Wednesday they took out a safe with jewelry. An absolute record was set on Tuesday for the number of daring robberies! The armed robber in Thessaloniki first targeted a mini market and three pharmacies, and then two OPAP agencies and another pharmacy. All four attacks in Ampelokipi took place on Tuesday, December 13, within half an hour, from 20:00 to 20:30, and followed the same scenario. But this criminal was not enough. Having moved to another district of Thessaloniki, from west to east, he robbed two OPAP agencies in Metamorphosis and Metropolitan Kydonia streets in 20 minutes, and then a pharmacy in Pontus.

And this is not a complete list of robberies committed this month alone … Perhaps the reason is that 800,000 units illegal firearms in the hands of the people of Greece? Or does it lie in too “good” statistics, causing complacency of the Greek police? The Minister for the Protection of Citizens, Takis Theodorikakos, speaking on the Σκάι channel, noted in particular: “I want to be honest. From the first day I took office, my main concern was for the police to strengthen their presence in the districts. So is it true that patrols have been stepped up or not?” What’s the answer…

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