Man, 23, arrested in Katerini on suspicion of being part of ‘sledgehammer’ gang

A 23-year-old man suspected of being part of a gang known for robbing banks with sledgehammers has been arrested in Katerini, northern Greece.

Police said they caught the man, for whom there was an arrest warrant, on Sunday. He is alleged to have been involved in a bank heist in October 2010 in Pieria.

Authorities are also examining whether he took part in a robbery in Farsala that netted some 300,000 euros and during which shots were fired at police officers.

Three people have were arrested in Athens in December 2011 in connection to these robberies but one was released after spending 12 months in pre-trial custody only to be rearrested a month later.

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