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LAND REGISTER

Homeowners still gathering papers to get an extension Homeowners obliged to declare their properties on the country’s land register by the end of this month will be able to benefit from an unofficial extension to allow to them to gather all the necessary documents, sources told Kathimerini yesterday. The Athens Bar Association has sought the extension of the October 31 deadline until the end of the year, as only an estimated 65 percent of properties have been declared. FRAUDSTERS CAUGHT Scam trapped cash in ATM Police in the central town of Larissa were yesterday questioning three foreign nationals believed to have embezzled cash from bank ATMs using a scam involving double-sided sticky tape. The suspects allegedly inserted the sticky tape into the cash-dispensing slot, causing the cash to remain in the machine. Bank customers would leave, believing the ATM to be broken, and the suspects would remove the sticky tape from the slot, along with the captured cash. A passer-by spotted the suspects and informed the police, who caught them red-handed. Banks targeted Unidentified arsonists caused serious damage to three bank branches early yesterday morning, police in Athens said. Two of the attacks were in Petralona, central Athens, one on a branch of Eurobank and the other on an ATEbank branch, while the third was on a branch of Emporiki Bank in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliron. The three attacks occurred within 10 minutes of each other shortly after 3 a.m. Farmer beaten A farmer from Mantineia, near Tripoli in central Greece, was hospitalized yesterday after an attack on Thursday afternoon when two hunters violently beat him on his farm. The hunters are alleged to have set upon the farmer after the latter spotted them on his land and asked them to leave. Weapons cache A police raid on a Chinese goods store in Thessaloniki unearthed hundreds of air guns, rare swords, truncheons and other weapons, officers said yesterday. Police were questioning a 36-year-old Chinese woman believed to be the owner of the store where officers confiscated 2,350 air guns and 317 swords. Violent raid The 60-year-old owner of a stationery store in Peristeri, western Athens, was in the hospital yesterday after being injured in a raid on his shop by two armed robbers. One of the assailants shot the man in the shoulder and snatched his bag, which contained only a small amount of cash. The robbers fled on a motorcycle. Hash-up A Greek woman and two Albanian men were being questioned in Thessaloniki yesterday after a raid on the home they were renting unearthed a machine for packaging cannabis, presumably for sale. Officers confiscated 50 kilos of cannabis and a machine comprising metal cylinders and grates that packs the drugs into smaller packages.