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Greek officials: Turks on jet ski planned island bank heists

September 07, 2017 - 8:41 AM

ATHENS, Greece - Greek authorities say two Turkish brothers arrested on the eastern Aegean island of Chios for illegally crossing from nearby Turkey on a jet ski had allegedly intended to rob banks on the island.

A coast guard statement Thursday said scrutiny of the two men's mobile phones produced "indications" of the alleged heist plans.

The brothers were detained on a Chios beach Tuesday. They allegedly told coast guards that their jet ski had broken down, forcing them to land on the island that a narrow strait separates from Turkey. But the jet ski was found to be working fine, which prompted a closer investigation.

Both were charged with illegally entering Greece and conspiring to commit a crime.

Scores of refugees and migrants reach Chios from Turkey every week.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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