An Albanian man, described as a prime suspect in a series of aggravated armed robberies in and around Athens, was arrested in Piraeus on Monday following a police investigation and a tip-off.
The 30-year-old, aka “Tony”, is the reputed leader of various armed gangs armed with trademark assault rifles (AK-47s) that specialise in the robbery of supermarkets, gas stations, newsstands and other businesses in the greater Athens area.
The suspect, who is regarded as extremely violent, has also allegedly been involved in a shootout with police.
The suspect is also accused of attempted homicide for opening fire on motorcycle police officers who were chasing a man believed to be the suspect after a robbery in November 2010.
Four of his accomplices, all Albanian nationals, are also in custody.