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Robber sought to fund Thailand hotel project

An unemployed man arrested after robbing an Athens bank on Monday told the authorities he had carried out the armed heist with the help of a friend in order to finance a hotel project in Thailand, police said yesterday. Ioannis Siorofingas, 39, was apprehended after stealing 10,000 euros and 1,200 pounds sterling from a Eurobank branch in Maroussi, when the bank guard gave chase and managed to disarm him. The suspect’s alleged accomplice, who had been waiting near the bank on a motorbike, drove away when he saw the turn the robbery had taken. Yesterday, police said Siorofingas had identified his accomplice as his friend Dimitrios Konidis, 34, who owned a hotel in Thailand. Siorofingas had visited his friend in Thailand after losing his food-delivery job in January, and both had decided to start robbing banks in Greece to finance an extension to the hotel. Monday’s was their first effort.