Dramatic raid on bank in small town nets large loot

Police in Viotia, central Greece, on Friday were seeking the four robbers who netted some 250,000 euros in a daring raid on a branch of National Bank in the small town of Aspra Spitia.

According to witnesses, two of the robbers used sledgehammers to smash into the bank through its side entrance at around 8 a.m. Another two assailants then forced bank clerks to empty cash registers and fled with the bags of loot without causing any injuries.

The men fled in a small white van which, a police search revealed, had been stolen on Wednesday from Moschato, south of Athens. The van broke down a short distance from the bank, prompting the robbers to stop a car, force out the female driver and her friend, and flee in their vehicle. That car was found abandoned just over a kilometer from Aspra Spitia shortly after the getaway.

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