A shop owner shot with his rifle an aspiring thief in the village Agios Athanasios, Drama, North Greece. The victim died on the sport. The perpetrator is a 79-year-old silversmith.
The incident took place at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, when the 30-year-old thief was trying to break in the shop.
The owner, who lives above the shop, got aware of the attempted burglary thief, took his rifle, targeted at him and shot him.
The perpetrator was arrested and the rifle confiscated.
According to a police statement, the thief was operating together with at least one accomplice.
Police investigation continues.
The shooter faces charges for murder and for violating the weapons law.
Meanwhile, media reveal that the silversmith had also shot and killed another thief in 1996. He had shot the thief form his home balcony. He was arrested but acquitted in court. He had declared he was in self-defense as the thief had directed a weapon against him.
Private ANT1 TV reported that the man declared for one more time he was in self-defense and the thief and his accomplince “had something like a gun”. the man shot form the balcony of his home. However, citing police sources, ANT1 and Alpha TV report that “from the evidence so far there is no indication that “the thieves were armed or threatened him in any way.”
After the shooting the accomplice fled running away.
Greek media describe the crime as a “copy” of the one in 1996, when the silversmith had also shot form his balcony.
PS such an incident is rather rare in Greece and media speak of “vigilantism”.