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Cops arrest sword-wielding pharmacy robber

Limassol police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a pharmacy, attacking a customer and the store owner as well as for threatening violence with a sword.

A 34-year-old man is currently in police custody after a passerby – who had witnessed the robbery and the attack – followed him back to his home before then alerting the police.

According to police, the incident occurred at around midday on Thursday when the suspect walked into the pharmacy and began putting packets of pills into a bag.

When he attempted to walk out of the store, the woman behind the counter told him to pay for those items to which he reportedly replied, “You have enough to get by.”

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It was at that moment that the co-owner of the pharmacy walked into the store and reportedly tried to stop the 34-year-old from leaving. The suspect then threw him to the floor.

He then drew a sword and threatened to stab the 54-year-old owner before chasing a customer – who had also tried to help – down the street.

The man then left but was followed back to his home by a bystander who had happened to outside the pharmacy at the time.

Police later went to the suspect’s home and placed him under arrest. They also seized his sword and the pills. The suspect – who police had staked out the pharmacy before walking into to rob it – was expected to appear before a Limassol magistrate on Friday.

The 54-year-old was being treated for minor injuries in hospital on Thursday.

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