A bank robbery targeting a branch of Eurobank in Atalanti, Fthiotida on Tuesday afternoon evolved into a full-scale car chase between robbers and police.
The robbery took place at little after 2:00 p.m. when the robbers held up the bank branch at gunpoint, taking roughly 8,000 euro in the cashiers' tills and a portable safe that later proved to contain no cash.
After the robbery they set off at speed in the direction of Athens using side roads, dumping a Kalashnikov rifle, the empty safe and a hood in the region of Tragana.
In their effort to get back onto the national highway heading for Athens, the robbers found themselves passing through the central square of the village Proskyna, where the head of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party George Karatzaferis was at that moment talking with local residents.
According to police, the robbers suddenly found themselves trapped behind an agricultural vehicle moving extremely slowly
and, in an attempt to make the driver speed up and make way for them to pass, they fired a warning shot into the air.
Though they managed to get out of the square, a police pursuit caught up with them and there was an exchange of fire.
The robbers finally succeeded in getting away heading for Athens and their car was later found in the region of Thiva, with no sign of its occupants, who are now being sought by police.