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Man accused of stealing €20,000 in exchange bureau hold-up

Investigations under way at the Fexco exchange bureau on Sunday.

Investigations under way at the Fexco exchange bureau on Sunday.

Keith Galea, 30 of Sta Venera, this afternoon pleaded not guilty to stealing more than €20,000 in cash of different currencies from a Fexco exchange bureau in Paceville during a daring hold-up last Sunday morning.

He also pleaded not guilty to holding Josef Aquilina against his will, being in possession of a weapon without a licence, firing a weapon in an inhabited area, stealing a car and relapsing.

Mr Galea was remanded in custody.

Four armed and hooded men took part in the daring robbery shortly after the exchange opposite Bay Street opened at 9 a.m.

One of the robbers tied up the salesman after he was handed the cash. Two shots were fired at a show-window to discourage clients from entering. No one was injured.

Some cash was left in the road as the robbers made their getaway in a waiting car.

The car was found by the police in the Swieqi-San Ġwann area soon after the incident.

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