Tagged: Police

Athens police net gang that preyed on vulnerable

A gang that robbed elderly people and teenagers in the northern suburbs of Athens has been broken up, police said on Thursday, adding that five suspects – three minors, aged 12, 14 and 15, and two adults, 20 and 23 – had been arrested. According to the investigation, the gang targeted people who would put […]

Two men to be tried for shooting at police car

Two 19-year-olds will stand trial for opening fire at a police car last week in Aspropyrgos, western Attica, authorities said on Tuesday. Police are also looking for a third suspect, while a 46-year-old man was arrested on charges of perjury. All suspects implicated in the case are Roma. The incident occurred on March 14 when […]

Police dismantle ring that preyed on cabbies

Police said on Thursday they had broken up a gang of robbers that had been targeting taxi drivers in the area of Aghia Varvara in western Athens. One 28-year-old gang member was arrested on Wednesday while police are seeking another three suspects, aged 19, 33 and 34. According to reports, the gang had been active […]

Police defuse hand grenade bomb found outside Dafni precinct

Police bomb disposal experts defused an explosive device comprising a hand grenade on Saturday after receiving an anonymous caller telephoned a threat that the bomb would detonate outside the police precinct in Dafni, southern Athens. The bomb was found in a bag that had been placed in a small park behind the police precinct. The […]

Police nets migrant smuggling gang

The Greek Police (ELAS) on Friday announced the arrest of nine suspected members of a major human trafficking racket moving migrants from Turkey to Greece, saying that five Greeks and four Pakistani nationals had been detained for questioning. According to ELAS, the two suspected leaders of the racket are a Greek and a Bulgarian, both […]

Attica police collar heist gang

Police authorities in southeastern Attica said on Monday they had unraveled a gang that had been robbing homes, betting agencies and stores and arrested its leaders, a 26-year-old Albanian national and a 25-year-old Romanian. A manhunt has been launched for a third suspect. According to reports, the gang had been active over the last four […]

‘Spy’ wanted in US arrested in Athens

A 52-year-old Chinese national faced an Athens prosecutor on Friday following his arrest on Thursday at a central Athens hotel by Greek police who said he is wanted in the USA for allegedly trading in military-grade satellite modems aimed at collecting, decodifying and disseminating intelligence. According to police sources, the 52-year-old had been working for […]

Police probe racket after seizing 2 kilos of cocaine in Igoumenitsa

Police in Igoumenitsa, northwestern Greece, were on Monday seeking to smash a drug racket smuggling large quantities of cocaine into the country after seizing two kilograms of the drug at the port on Saturday. Acting on a tipoff, officers searched a truck carrying meat from the Italian port of Ancona and found the drugs. The […]

Police investigating after elderly couple found dead in home

A couple, both aged 79, were found dead in pools of blood in their home in Argyroupoli, southern Athens, on Thursday. According to reports, the man was found dead on the ground floor, while the woman was found in the basement. Their bodies were discovered by the couple’s son, who notified police. Police were investigating […]

Police union files suit over January 10 armed attack on riot squad

The union representing Athens police officers on Wednesday filed suit against the administration of the Greek Police (ELAS) for putting officers’ lives at risk. The suit pertains to a gun attack on January 10 against a riot police unit posted outside the offices of the PASOK party in the downtown district of Exarchia, in which […]

Police to display stolen valuables confiscated from ‘Roma mafia’

Police in northeast Attica will on Wednesday put on display the stolen items it confiscated from the gang known as the “Roma mafia,” which carried out hundreds of robberies across Greece before it was unraveled last November. The items, including valuable jewelry and watches, will be displayed at 12 noon at the Marousi police station […]

‘Corrupt’ police officer released on 10,000-euro bail

A police officer accused of taking bribes was released on bail of 10,000 euros on Friday. The suspect, an Attica traffic police sergeant, is accused of taking a 2,000-euro bribe from a tanker truck owner in exchange for making traffic violation fines worth 10,500 euros go away and returning the license of one of his […]

Riot police attacked in Exarchia

Riot police units stationed in Athens’s Exarchia district were attacked by self-styled anarchists on Friday night, authorities said. The incident occurred on Tositsa Street, outside the Athens Polytechnic. Seven suspects were detained after the attack. No injuries were reported.

Police attacked with Molotov cocktails in downtown Athens

Riot police units stationed in Athens’s Exarchia district were attacked by unknown assailants with Molotov cocktails on Friday night, authorities said on Saturday. The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Tositsa Street, outside the old Athens Polytechnic. Another firebomb attack took place at around 10.30 p.m. against the offices of PASOK on Harilaou Trikoupi […]

Greek police sees active group behind attack at PASOK offices

Police investigating an armed attack on police guarding the headquarters of PASOK in central Athens early on Tuesday morning, which injured an officer, believe the Revolutionary Self-Defense urban guerrilla group, which struck the same offices in 2014 and has also hit foreign embassies in Athens, is probably behind the assault. There had been no claim […]

‘Wise men’ of labor reform targeted by arsonists

Properties linked to members of the so-called committee of wise men that drew up a list of proposals regarding labor market reform, one of the key topics in negotiations between Greece and its lenders, have been targeted by arsonists. An incendiary device, including a jerry can filled with a flammable liquid, was placed outside the […]

Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday. Kyriakos Amiridis went missing on Monday in the city of Nova Iguacu, 25 miles (41 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. Greece’s Embassy in Brasilia said the […]

Real estate racket dismantled in Athens

Police in Athens have arrested three men aged 46 to 69 who are believed to have blackmailed and threatened property buyers into paying them the commission for real estate purchases. The racket, which authorities said has been active since 2006, allegedly threatened contractors, real estate agents and potential buyers into doing business with them rather […]

Police in northern Greece crack down on illegal adoption ring

A police operation that took several months to wrap up has led to the arrest of six suspects allegedly involved in an illegal adoption racket, according to reports on Thursday. Police in Katerini, northern Greece, are reportedly questioning four men and two women, all Bulgarian nationals, believed to be behind at least 13 illegal adoptions […]

Police bust cocaine and cannabis dealing gang

The Greek Police (ELAS) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 10 suspects believed to belong to a large drug-trafficking ring. Authorities seized 173 kilograms of unprocessed cannabis and nearly 300 grams of cocaine that had not yet been diluted for sale during raids conducted in different parts of the Greek capital and in Ioannina in […]