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Cheeky highwayman revisits scene of crime

Just 10 minutes after being robbed of hundreds of euro coins at gunpoint by the driver of a luxury car yesterday morning, a highway tollbooth employee saw the same car draw up again. But this time, the robber just wanted to toss back the empty coin tray, which has grooves for the different denominations of euros and cents. Police had not yet reached the scene. The armed man in the BMW sedan struck at Pelasgia tollbooth – west of Lamia on the Athens-to-Thessaloniki national road, some 240 kilometers from the capital – around 7 a.m. He made off with 590 euros (201,000 drachmas) and is thought to be responsible for three more attacks this week on the tollbooth at Afidnes, in northern Attica. His efforts netted him a total of just over 1,000 euros (340,750 drachmas). Lamia police believe the highway thief may be a local resident, as he seems well acquainted with by-roads and highway exits.