According to police, the 57-year-old was at a cross junction when he was set upon by two men and beaten. They failed, however, to take the €80,000 in his possession.
“The incident occurred at around 9.20am when an employee of the supermarket – who had €80,000 of the store’s earnings on his possession – was at the junction of Christofi Ergatoudes and Metanaston Street,” said Limassol CID Chief Ioannis Soteriades.
“According to his statement, an unknown individual – who was wearing a hoodie and standing on the street corner – attacked the 57-year-old and attempted to spray something in his face. But the victim was wearing a helmet and resisted.
It was then that a second man, who was parked in a car nearby and was wearing a balaclava, approached the victim and began punching the victim along with the other attacker.”
Soteriades went on to say that the attackers at one point managed to get the key of the employee and attempted to open the storage compartment at the back of his motorcycle.
But the attackers ran back to the car empty-handed when the victim began shouting for help. “The car used by the attackers has been described as being a black vehicle with stolen registration plates reading KHG 084,” continued Soteriades. “We are calling on anyone who may have seen this car to contact their nearest police station.”
The two attackers are described as being between 25 and 30-years-old. The CID official went on to call on businesses to refrain from transporting large amounts of cash without professional assistance due to the risk of not only losing their money to armed robbers but also the risk being posed to their employees.