Eight separate armed robberies over the course of Thursday night and Friday morning kept police in the Greek capital busy and resulted in the injury of one woman.
The most violent of the barrage of holdups was a home invasion in the suburb of Ilioupoli, where four hooded men broke into the detached house of a mother and daughter at 4.30 a.m. on Friday, hitting the elderly woman on the head with the butt of a pistol as they ransacked the property for money and valuables, and made off in the family’s car.
Earlier, at 10.30 p.m. on Thursday night, three men broke into a home in the southern suburb of Vari, threatening a husband and wife at gunpoint as they robbed them of cash, jewelry and electronic equipment.
In Nikaia, near Piraeus, three unidentified men robbed a jewelry store just before closing time at 8.15 p.m. at gunpoint and made off with a large quantity of gold and precious stones, while armed holdups where also held at gas stations in central Kolonos and in the suburb of Mandra, as well as at a warehouse selling construction materials in Elliniko.
Two women also reported being mugged at gunpoint in the Athenian suburb of Zografou.
Meanwhile, a Greek man who tried to rob a gas station in Aghia Varvara in the early hours of Friday by threatening a Bangladeshi employee with a sharp object was thwarted by the attendant who fought him off with a stick before police arrived and took him into custody.