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‘Cash thieving’ officer in clear

A 74-year-old woman from the northeastern Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi yesterday had to make a huge apology to a police officer from the local precinct after it emerged that she had falsely accused him last week of stealing 1,200 euros in cash from her home. The sergeant, who has not been named, was suspended from duty last week after the woman made allegations about him taking the money. The policeman had gone to her house after being asked to act as a witness to a document that her husband was signing. The 74-year-old initially claimed that the officer used this as an opportunity to steal the cash. However, it emerged yesterday that the pensioner returned to the Aghia Paraskevi precinct to inform officers that the 1,200 euros that she thought the sergeant had taken had, in fact, been found in her apartment. It was not clear where the money had been or if the pensioner had forgotten where she had hidden it.