Thessaloniki robbers stage hit-and-run heist

Two armed robbers on Friday stole 30,000 euros in cash and 600,000 euros worth of checks from a Thessaloniki businessman after deliberately crashing a stolen car into his vehicle on the outskirts of the northern port city. The unusual attack took place on the corner of Pontou and Diavaton streets, in Menemeni, on the western outskirts of Thessaloniki. The 48-year old victim, a fruit merchant whose name was not made public, escaped the collision unscathed and got out to remonstrate with the man who had just driven into his car. However, the other driver – who had donned a hood – drew a pistol and hit him over the head with the handle, demanding the fruit merchant’s briefcase. A second robber who had been following on a motorbike joined the fray and the two managed to wrest away the cash-heavy briefcase before escaping on the motorbike.

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