The Greek government on May 11 has offered a €300,000 ($364,074) reward to anyone with information that will help track down the burglars who strangled a young mother next to her baby in Athens.
Greek authorities announced that a reward would be given “to anyone who hands over data and information to the relevant authorities that will lead… to the arrest of the culprits” who killed 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in front of her 11-month-old baby daughter during a burglary in the suburb of Glyka Nera.
A ministerial decision co-signed by Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis and Deputy Finance Minister Theodoros Skylakakis outlined the reward.
“We are all shaken up and personally I am shaken up. One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals,” Chrisochoidis said at the annual Delphi Economic Forum, describing the killing as “particularly heinous.”
Three masked men tied up and strangled British-born Crouch while they bound and gagged her 32-year-old husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, to a chair after breaking into their home at about 4:30 a.m.
The husband managed to set himself free and called the police, but the burglars reportedly escaped with cash and jewelry, including €15,000 ($18,204) hidden in a board game.
The baby was left unharmed but the burglars reportedly killed the family’s dog to prevent it from alerting the neighbors.
Two teams of detectives are currently investigating the incident.
According to state-run broadcaster ERT, the Greek government has offered only four rewards in the past and they were for terrorism cases or for catching hardened criminals.
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