Police Arrests Pickpocketing Ring Targeting Cruise Ship Guests in Santorini

Sep 18, 2023

Greek police have dismantled a criminal organization that has been systematically involved in pickpocketing tourists in the bustling tourist areas of Santorini. The operation resulted in the arrest of three foreign nationals, who are believed to be members of the criminal ring. They now face charges of criminal organization and theft.

According to the police, one of the members of the organization had tasked the other two with identifying unsuspecting tourists, primarily in the popular tourist spots of Oia and Fira. They would approach these tourists while posing as fellow travelers and, using deft sleight-of-hand techniques, would discreetly steal personal belongings from them.

They primarily targeted tourists disembarking from cruise ships, taking advantage of the short duration of their stay on the island, which made it difficult for victims to immediately report the thefts to the police.

Preference for Cruise Ship Passengers

The Greek police statement noted, "From the Police Sub-Directorate of Thira, a criminal organization has been dismantled, the members of which have been systematically involved in pickpocketing tourists in densely populated tourist areas of the island for at least the last month."

During the police operation, the main leader and one member of the criminal organization were apprehended as they were attempting to steal items. Subsequently, the third member of the group was also arrested.

Upon searching them, the police discovered and seized a sum of €1,975 in their possession. Thus far, three cases of theft have been solved, and investigators are looking into their involvement in other incidents.

Legal Proceedings

The arrested individuals, against whom formal charges have been filed, will be brought before the Naxos Court of First Instance for further legal proceedings.