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Supermarket gang nabbed

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of holding up more than two dozen supermarkets in and around Attica in raids that are thought to have netted them 1.25 million euros, police said yesterday. Officers revealed that they caught the men, all Albanian nationals aged between 26 and 34, on Saturday as they were returning to two homes they were renting in Kalamaki, southern Athens. They had allegedly just carried out an armed robbery at a supermarket in Elefsina, west of Athens, where they netted more than 62,000 euros. Police believe that the gang was responsible for 26 robberies and that its raids were carefully planned. Each time, one of the four would dress up as a supermarket employee and find his way into the manager’s office just as the store’s takings were to be handed to security guards to be loaded onto a truck. Officers seized almost 50,000 euros in cash, various forged documents and four SUVs from the properties.