Men remanded after chapel collection box thefts

Two men, a 44-year-old and a 51-year-old, both permanent residents of Cyprus were remanded for four days on Monday in connection with a series of break-ins and thefts from chapels in Larnaca and the Famagusta areas.

The men were arrested on Sunday morning after Oroklini police received a tip off that the chapel of Panayia Paramythia in Dromoloxia was going to be burgled.

When members of the police went to the scene shortly after 11am they saw the two suspects leaving the chapel, getting into a car and leaving the area. The car was stopped and searched and a screwdriver and pliers were seized.

The two men were taken to Kiti police station and detained.

In court the 51-year-old admitted that the two had been going to chapels in Larnaca and the Famagusta areas, where the 44-year-old would open the money collection boxes with a screwdriver and steal the money, while the 51-year-old would stand watch outside. For this he would receive a small amount of the money, between €3 and €5. He admitted that the first time was in August 2015 in a chapel in the Capo Greco area in Ayia Napa.

They had stolen money from the chapel in Dromolaxia about 15 times and from other chapels in Ormidheia, Vrysoules and Frenaros about 30 times, he reported.

He added that they did not steal anything on Sunday as there was no money in the collection box.

The 44-year-old has denied any involvement in the case.



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