A Limassol man has been remanded in custody on suspicion of impersonating a taxi driver and attempting to steal hundreds of euro from an unsuspecting British tourist.
According to the 64-year-old tourist’s complaint to the police, he had been waiting at a bus stop outside his Limassol hotel when the suspect allegedly stopped, told him there would be no buses that day, and offered to take him to the town centre for free.
However, after driving off a short distance, the suspect allegedly stopped the car, showed his passenger some documentation which, he said, confirmed he was a taxi driver, and demanded €300 to take the man to his destination.
The tourist refused and offered the driver €50 to take him back to his hotel instead but, when he opened his wallet the driver allegedly grabbed the money inside, amounting to €300 and around $45 US dollars. The driver then drove the tourist back to the hotel and allegedly demanded another €300 but drove off once he realised the passenger had told the hotel staff what had happened after going inside to fetch the money.
Officers soon tracked down the driver and arrested him.
The suspect has been remanded in custody for four days and faces charges relating to theft, fraud and wallet snatching.