Crooked cop arrested in Athens


Police in the northern Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi arrested a 29-year-old colleague after he allegedly carried out two armed robberies, one at a gas station in the western suburb of Peristeri and the other at a kiosk in Galatsi, near central Athens, making off with 690 euros.

Investigators suspect the unnamed officer of having carried out at least nine holdups – at eight gas stations and one kiosk – since last December in different parts of Athens, including Agia Paraskevi, Halandri, Ilioupoli and Galatsi, with a total haul of around 4,400 euros.

The officer, who joined the police force in 2011, has been placed on suspension pending an internal investigation into his alleged crimes.