Five local men, aged 22-42, were arrested near the resort of Kineta, west of Athens proper, while loading some 300 metres of railway cables, worth a market value of 100,000 euros, onto two private cars, it was announced on Monday.
The cables were allegedly stolen from the Hellenic Railways' (OSE) network.

Meanwhile, police, in the presence of a prosecutor, searched a gypsy settlement in Lamia, central Greece, looking for copper removed from similar stolen cables. The operation, the fourth conducted by authorities in the region, yielded no results.