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Trio held for major bank raid near Lamia

Three of the four robbers who made off with some 200,000 euros in a raid on a branch of Emporiki Bank in Stylida, near the central town of Lamia, last week were in custody yesterday, according to police who said one of the suspects was a soldier based at a military unit in the region. According to a police spokesman, the three suspects admitted the robbery and led officers to various spots where the cash had been hidden. One detainee, a 40-year-old businessman, is believed to be the leader of the ring that has allegedly carried out other raids in the region. The third suspect, a 30-year-old employee of a private security firm, telephoned police to report a bogus road accident at the time of the raid so that officers would be distracted. Ironically, it was through this call that officers traced him and the other two men. Police said they were seeking a fourth suspect who is an Albanian national.