Detectives investigating the murder of a British man who was killed in front of their baby in Athens will tomorrow show her husband mug shots of 30 suspects believed to be involved in Caroline Crouch’s murder.
Officers have linked 12 break-ins in the Greek capital in the past six months, in which around 30 known criminals were involved in the murder of the 20-year-old British man.
An Albanian organized crime group composed of Roma and other nationalities is believed to be behind the burglary and murder.
Tomorrow, detectives will show the heartbreaking widower Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, known as Babis, mug shots of well-known criminals who saw the face of the murderer of his 20-year-old wife.
Detectives investigating the murder of Caroline Crouch (left), who was killed in front of her baby (pictured) in Athens, will tomorrow show her husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos (right) mug shots of 30 suspects believed to be involved in her murder involved
The helicopter pilot known as Babis saw the face of his 20-year-old wife’s killer as he jumped onto the bed they were sleeping on
The helicopter pilot known as Babis caught a glimpse of the man as he jumped on the bed where he was sleeping with Mrs. Caroline to keep her from screaming.
The killer wore a motorcycle balaclava to hide his identity. But the face covering slipped off while he struggled with the 20-year-old British mom.
Babis has described the assassin as tall, dark-skinned, overweight and under 30.
A police source told Mega TV, “We suspect three members of the gang went inside and one member was waiting outside to look out.
“We believe the killer was forced to murder Caroline because she saw his face and would identify him to the police.
“But they spared Babi’s husband because they thought he was unconscious and unable to see.”
It is also believed that the attacker killed Caroline, a black belted kickboxer, for fighting back.
Police say a gang of burglars broke into Caroline (left) and Babis (right) home, handcuffed, tortured and killed him, then stole £ 33,000 in cash and jewelry and escaped
Caroline was killed in her home in Athens, Greece, which she shared with husband Babis Anagnostopoulos and their young daughter Lydia
A source close to the investigation said the Sun attackers might have been “terrified” by the violent struggle Caroline fought before she was strangled to death.
He said, “The DNA we have now can provide the answers.”
Babis was sleeping in his home near Athens with Mrs. Caroline, a student, and her 11-month-old daughter when a gang of thieves broke in at around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Investigators say the gang approached the couple’s home and broke a surveillance camera outside.
Then they removed safety pins from a basement window and climbed into the property to find the family dog below. Police say the husky was strangled on his own leash before his body was hung from a banister.
Babis told police the masked assailants – armed with handguns – would then handcuff him to the floor and tie Caroline to the bed before asking, “Where’s the money?” in broken Greek.
He said the couple had a large amount of cash at home because they recently bought a piece of land and had to pay builders to do the work, and he quickly uncovered his hiding place – in a Monopoly box – to save his loved ones lives tortured.
But the thieves asked for more money and jewelry and then pointed a gun at his little daughter’s temple before suffocating Caroline when she started screaming, according to Greek media.
Police have called the crime the “most heinous” crime they have ever investigated and say it was committed with a “brutality” rare in Greece. Pictured: the house (right) where the murder took place
Investigators say the raid began around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday when the gang approached the couple’s home (picture) and broke a surveillance camera outside
Police say hooded men broke into the house in the suburb of Glyka Nera while standing on guard, strangling the family dog, handcuffing the husband, then torturing and suffocating his wife
“I heard my wife screaming for help, who was tied to the bed while I was tied to the floor,” Babis reportedly told the police. ‘We screamed not to get hurt.
“The baby was crying, my wife was crying, and someone or some people were looking for the house to find more money and jewelry. Suddenly they left the room and I could no longer hear my wife’s voice. ‘
Speaking to Greek TV outside the family home later that day, Babis added, “I wish no one would ever go through what we went through last night. It was a nightmare.
“We asked the thieves not to harm us. We told them where the money was and asked them to leave us alone. The police will catch them. ‘
The police were called to the scene by Babis, who managed to get on a phone and dial the emergency number with his nose.
Police have called the crime the “most heinous” crime they have ever investigated and say it was committed with a “brutality” rare in Greece.
A £ 250,000 reward was offered for information, and it is believed that investigators were working on the theory that the gang was well organized, likely had monitored the couple prior to the robbery, and somehow knew they were getting a large amount of money Had at home.
Caroline was buried yesterday on the island of Alonnisos, where she spent most of her childhood.
Caroline Crouch was taken to Agia Paraskevi Church in an open coffin for her funeral on Alonnisos Island on Friday
Widower Babis with his 11-month-old daughter at Caroline’s funeral on the island of Alonnisos
Susie Dela Cuesta, pictured at her daughter’s grave on the Greek island of Alonnisos yesterday
Beautiful wreaths are left outside the church before Caroline’s funeral, while mourners leave flowers on wooden tables