NEWS

Fake police stole from migrants

Officers arrested two men in Athens yesterday who allegedly posed as policemen and preyed upon at least 47 immigrants, often stealing their money and belongings at gunpoint. The two men, a 30-year-old Greek and a 24-year-old Albanian national, had apparently been working in tandem with a 45-year-old Greek who is still being sought by authorities. Investigators said the three men wore uniforms that resembled official police attire and were always armed. In some cases, the men struck their victims or demanded they hand over money and cash cards at gunpoint. Migrants in various parts of Attica – including Marathon, Voula and Piraeus – were victimized by the fake police officers. The impostors sometimes kidnapped migrants and forced them into a rental car, demanding to be taken to the homes they shared with other immigrants. Police said the three men stole a total of at least 10,800 euros. Officers used CCTV footage from banks where the men used stolen cash cards to track them down.