Pensioner dies after burglary

A raid early yesterday by burglars on a home occupied by two pensioners in Veria, northern Greece, left one of the pair dead and the suspects just 100 euros better off, police said. Two men broke into the two-story house in the early hours of the morning. They tied up the owner, an 87-year-old man, and his wife, 81, as they searched the property for items to steal. The woman was able to wriggle free and climb out of a ground-floor window. She went to a neighboring house to raise the alarm. Neighbors called the police but by the time they arrived at the scene and entered the house, the robbers were gone and the pensioner was lying on the floor. The 87-year-old was taken to the hospital but doctors declared him dead on arrival. A coroner said that the elderly man had not been beaten but that he had been gagged during the robbery. The name of the victim was not made public and police did not issue a description of the suspects.

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