Nikos Maziotis thought to be mastermind of five bank robberies
Wanted anarchist Nikos Maziotis appears to have been involved in the armed robbery of a bank in Methana on the 25th of July 2013, as a finger print of his was found on the premises. The Police revealed this information after Maziotis made an announcement regarding the police operations against Golden Dawn.
According to the police investigation Maziotis is possibly behind the “Group of Popular Fighters” (OLA) urban guerilla group which claimed responsibility for armed attack against New Democracy’s office on the 14th of January earlier this year.
Evidence suggests that Maziotis and about 5 or 6 other people, including one woman, was responsible for five armed robberies between March 2012 and August 2012 in Nemea, Akrata, Spetses, Velestino and Methana. The accumulated stolen money is estimated to exceed 1.5 million euros.
Maziotis and his partner Paula Roupa are thought to have robbed the Emporiki Bank in Nemea of 280,000 euros on the 30th of May 2012, while Maziotis was still on probation. This was followed by a bolder robbery of the Alpha Bank in Spetses (500,000) on the 16th of July. Around this time Maziotis began criticizing other anarchists in his electronic messages.
On the 20th of December 2012 Maziotis and his group allegedly robbed the Eurobank branch in Akrata, escaping with about 200,000 euros. The aforementioned attack against New Democracy’s office took place about a month and a half later. The next bank robbery attributed to Maziotis was on the 25th of July in Methana.
The latest “appearance” of Maziotis seems to be at the National Bank robbery in Velestino on the 14th of August this summer. Maziotis appears to be one of the armed robbers who told one of the bank customers that “they should not be afraid; we only want to rob the bank, not ordinary citizens”.