A man wearing a COVID mask is believed to have robbed a bank in Larnaca district on Wednesday, the first official day when face coverings are no longer required in the Repubic.
Local media said a suspect wearing a surgical mask walked into a Hellenic Bank in Kiti, Larnaca district, and walked out with an undisclosed amount of money.
The incident took place Wednesday late morning around 10:40am, with police forces rushing to the scene and cordoning off the area.
Media sources said the male suspect stole cash and then fled the scene on foot.
Masks became optional on Wednesday in the Republic of Cyprus in most places, marking the end of public restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cyprus News Agency said police were investigating armed bank robbery but clarified reports did not confirm whether an item in the suspect’s possession was indeed a firearm.