Thieves in Black

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The Thieves in Black is a media-coined name given to a supposed anarchist group responsible for numerous bank robberies in Athens, Greece. The Thieves in Black began operating in 2002 and have netted over 500,000 euros in their heists as of mid-2005.[citation needed]

In 2005, Petros Karasaridis, Giorgos Kalaitzidis and Panayiotis Aspiotis were taken into custody in connection with an anarchist firebombing in Athens, suspected by authorities of membership in the Thieves in Black.[1] All three of them, after one and one-and-a-half years in prison, respectively, were found not guilty and released from prison.[2]

In early 2006, following a shootout at the National Bank in central Athens, police injured and captured Yiannis Dimitrakis a suspected member of the Thieves in Black. He was alleged to be carrying two semi-automatic guns, hand grenades, and stolen cash.[3]

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