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Attica bank robberies up to 115

Armed robbers raided another three Athens banks yesterday, bringing the year’s total to 115 in Attica alone, a week before the Public Order Ministry is expected to announce tougher bank security measures. Last year, there were 34 bank robberies in Attica. In yesterday’s first and most lucrative attack, three gunmen, who had not even bothered to cover their faces, stole 17,500 euros from a National Bank of Greece branch at 117 Liosion Street. Having disarmed the police guard, they threw away his weapon once outside the bank. An hour later, at about 11 a.m., a hooded man took 7,000 euros at gunpoint from an Egnatia Bank branch at 16-20 Panaghi Tsaldari Street, in Peristeri, while, just after 1 p.m., a gunman wearing a hat and sunglasses stole 4,000 euros from an Agricultural Bank branch at 35 Nikiforidi Street, in Vyronas. In all three cases, the robbers escaped unhindered. Meanwhile yesterday, employees at a Eurobank branch at 345 Patission Street discovered that the bank had been broken into over the weekend by thieves who failed to penetrate the safe.