Two suspects are in police custody and another man remains at large in connection with a cash-in-transit robbery in Nicosia, with investigators pursuing links to Paphos.
According to local media, three men targeted a cash-in-transit van in Nicosia’s Ayios Dhometios borough on Monday early afternoon around 1:50pm.
Reports said three black males targeted a G4S cash delivery van outside a bakery, striking a guard on the arms with a metal rod and managing to grab a bag of money with €50,000 in cash.
The suspects quickly fled the scene using a sedan with fake licene plates, according to reports, while ditching the vehicle at some point and getting into a taxi.
Paphos was the focus in another investigation into a similar incident, when two hooded men attempted to rob a cash-in-transit van in broad daylight in Limassol
Two hours later, according to a police statement, law enforcement officers flagged a westbound taxi on the Limassol-Paphos highway in the afternoon around 4pm, with three suspects jumping out and starting to flee.
Police officers fired warning shots and two suspects, described as Nigerian nationals aged 26 and 31, were arrested on the spot while the third suspect managed to get away.
Police said 33-year-old Elochukwu Azubuike, also from Nigeria, is wanted by law enforcement in connection with the Nicosia robbery, while reports said a police helicopter and local officers in Paphos were assisting in the case.
Reports said a cash mount was found inside the taxi along with other evidence, while it was not fully clear whether the cabbie was suspected of having a connection or knowledge of the incident.
Two years ago, Paphos became the focus in another investigation into a similar incident, when two hooded men attempted to rob a cash-in-transit van in broad daylight in Limassol.
Police have asked members of the public to contact authorities with any information regarding Azubuike's whereabouts.