Authorities release photos of three robbery suspects of Distomo

Photos of three robbery suspects of Distomo

Authorities on Thursday released the names and photographs of three sought men who robbed a bank and took a teller as hostage before escaping.

Ioanna Papadimitropoulou
ΓΡΑΦΕΙ: IOANNA PAPADIMITROPOULOU

Police and judicial authorities on Thursday released the names and photographs of three sought men who robbed a bank and took a teller as hostage before escaping this month, confirming their long-standing ties to terrorists.

Georgios Petrakakos, 35, Spyridon Christodoulou, 44, and Spyridon Dravilas, 33, are the three men identified as the robbers on August 22 of a bank near the beach of Distomo Viotias, central Greece.

The three stole 396,930 euros under gun threat and escaped with the teller in a car with fake licence plates. The car had been stolen in May 2013 from the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, and was abandoned after being burned at a nearby beach. They then boarded an inflatable boat - stolen in August 2012 from Kalamata, in southern Greece - and headed for coastal Xylokastro after dumping the teller at sea. They then tried to burn the boat and escaped in another car.

Of the three sought men, Petrakakos has collaborated with terrorist Maziotis, who was arrested in July after a shootout in central Athens. Christodoulou is wanted for bank robberies and is also linked by police to Maziotis. Dravilas was on board the helicopter that helped in the escape of two convincts from Korydallos prison in 2009 - Vassilis Paleokostas (still at large) and Alket Rizai (in jail) - and is also wanted for bank robberies.

The three men are considered especially dangerous by authorities, who said that the publication of the information for three months running aimed at protecting society from the acts of the terrorist organisation members and assisting in their arrest.

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