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Thief who killed for jeep caught

A drug addict with a criminal record for theft was arrested yesterday in a village on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos for the savage murder, a year ago in Athens, of a man who tried to prevent him from stealing his jeep. Ioannis Mylonas, 35, was arrested in the village of Pterountas, where he sought refuge after the February 5, 2001 killing of Ioannis Skoularikos on the corner of Eleftheriou Venizelou and Apollodorou streets, in the southern Athens suburb of Palaio Faliron. Skoularikos, a 53-year-old OTE state telecom employee had stopped his jeep on the street corner, leaving the keys in the ignition, to buy cigarettes from a kiosk. On his way back, he saw a man starting the vehicle, and tried to stop him. He was shot four times, and died two days later in the hospital. Police said Mylonas’s fingerprints were found on the jeep, which he abandoned a few blocks away from the scene of the murder. An eyewitness has also identified Mylonas as the killer.