Wounded bank robber sought

Police in eastern Macedonia yesterday were seeking a Kavala businessman suspected of having hired a team of Albanian gunmen to carry out a spectacular double bank robbery near the northern Greek town on Thursday. Kavala police chief Stylianos Englezos told a press conference yesterday that the 45-year-old suspect – whom he only identified by the initials Ch. A. – suffered a severe gunshot wound in the upper leg during the simultaneous raid on two adjacent banks in Eleftheroupolis, near Kavala, which netted the robbers less than 3,000 euros. Police arrived at the scene of the heist just as the six Kalashnikov-wielding robbers were leaving. All six escaped after a gunfight, but Ch. A. was shot – by his own gun which misfired, according to Englezos. Four Albanians were arrested on Friday on suspicion of taking part in the raid, which Englezos said Ch. A. led. The businessman – whose wife and son were arrested after a search of his house produced ammunition, bloodstained clothes and two motorbikes used in the robbery – allegedly brought the gunmen over from Albania 10 days before the heist.

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