Three Albanian nationals were being questioned by police over the weekend in connection with spate of armed robberies against taxi drivers and gas stations in eastern Attica after being arrested on the testimony of a cabbie who said two of the three had mugged him.
The 27-year-old cab driver told police that two of the three suspects – two of whom are aged 23 and the other aged 22 – mugged him in a remote spot in Paenia, eastern Attica, while he was giving them a ride from Aghia Paraskevi and made off with his car.
The two men are suspected of picking up their accomplice in the taxi and then driving to two gas stations, one in Pallini and another in Gerakas, where they staged armed hold-ups and netted some 1,700 euros.
The suspects allegedly confessed to the hold-up spree while investigators are also exploring whether they have been involved in similar attacks in the past after finding incriminating evidence during a search of their homes.
One of the 23-year-old suspects was on parole from the Nea Avlona Prison, where he had been serving a seven-year sentence for mugging four cabbies in 2009.