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    MONTREAL GAZETTE Home invaders take charity cash Man says two gunmen were waiting for him when he returned from event with the cash   PAUL CHERRY The Gazette
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      MONTREAL GAZETTE


      Home invaders take charity cash
      Man says two gunmen were waiting for him when he returned from event with the
      cash
       
      PAUL CHERRY
      The Gazette

      Tuesday, July 04, 2006


      How low can someone go?

      That is what Emmanuel Nicolainis was asking himself yesterday only hours
      after being robbed of cash that Laval's Greek Orthodox community had raised for
      charity.

      Nicolainis said he was ambushed after he pulled into the garage of his home
      on Pierre St. in the city's Ste. Dorothee district some time before 3 a.m.

      Two masked men armed with pistols threatened the 64-year-old.

      He had just arrived home from fundraising event held by the Greek Orthodox
      community at the Holy Cross Church.

      Nicolainis is the association's assistant treasurer.

      The fundraiser was part of Laval's annual Hellenic Summer Festival, a 10-day
      event.

      The money raised was earmarked to pay the salaries of teachers at the
      Dimosthenis School on St. Martin Blvd. W. in Laval and to maintain the Greek-language
      school.

      Nicolainis said about 1,500 people attended the Sunday fundraiser, but he was
      unable to estimate how much money was stolen.

      Constable Guylaine Nadeau, of the Laval police, was also unable to provide an
      estimate of how much cash the robbers took.

      Nadeau said Nicolainis told investigators the two men left on foot and might
      have had someone waiting for them in a car parked nearby.

      Nicolainis said that after his garage door closed, the two men, who had
      apparently been waiting for him, kicked in a side door and ordered him to lie on
      the floor.

      He said he tried to head for a door that led inside his house, but one of the
      men showed him a pistol and said: "Do you know what this is?"

      "They asked me to lie on the floor again and said 'where's the money?' and
      they took it.

      "They knew exactly what they wanted; this was not random," Nicolainis said,
      adding that he is convinced the robbers "tracked him down."

      "As a matter of fact, they asked, 'Where is the rest of the money?' I said
      that was it; there was no more money."

      Nicolainis said he tried, to no avail, to persuade the robbers not to take an
      "antique laptop computer" he was carrying in his other hand at the time.

      The computer contained files related to the association and was useless to
      anyone else, Nicolainis said.

      "There are going to be a lot of tears from the elders of the Greek community
      of Laval who put in so much effort to raise the limited funds that are
      necessary to contribute beyond what the federal and provincial government contribute
      to the school. There are going to be a lot of tears - including mine,"
      Nicolainis said.

      "So many volunteers, up to 40 people, work every night to raise the money and
      it goes down somebody's pocket, for whatever reason.

      "It's a sad situation."

      Nicolainis described the robbers as athletic, white males in their early 20s
      who were very well spoken and spoke English.

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