Two held for string of southern Athens heists

Police in southern Athens have arrested two men suspected of mounting 11 armed robberies at local bank and post office branches over a six-month period this year. One of the suspects allegedly reinvested his share of the 149,000-euro loot in bank deposits. Police on Saturday said the two suspects – whose names were not made public – constituted one of the most industrious gangs of bank robbers active in recent months. Between May and late October, the two allegedly raided the Ano Glyfada post office – which they hit twice – bank branches in Ano Glyfada, Hellenikon and Argyroupolis, as well as a Public Power Corporation office in Glyfada. They were caught following a tip-off and after being seen loitering outside two southern Athens banks. Police said the one suspect spent his illicit earnings on drugs, while the other banked them. Only 9,600 euros were recovered.