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.