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$1.35M stolen from Athens airport bank branch

October 2, 2011

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ATHENS, Greece—Police in Greece say euro1 million ($1.35 million) has been stolen from the Athens airport branch of Alpha bank after a man posed as a subcontractor's employee.

Police say the man arrived at the bank ostensibly to take some measurements as part of a redesign for the branch. He persuaded the employees to lead him to the bank's vault, where he took out a gun and forced a teller to open the safe.

The robber locked the employees in the vault and made off with the money. Police say security cameras have recorded a man matching the suspect's description leaving the airport by taxi Sunday afternoon.