A 40-year-old man spent the night in police custody after a botched robbery attempt, police said on Saturday.
According to the report, police were notified around 9pm Friday that a man was seen carrying a woman’s bag, which he hid outside the Ayios Lazaros church in Larnaca.
The man, police were told, had earlier been spotted looking inside a car parked in the area.
When the car’s owner arrived, she found her door window had been smashed, and her beige bag, which contained nothing of value, was gone.
Two hours later, the 40-year-old was spotted by police loitering near the church, and he was taken to the police station, where he was identified as the person who had been looking inside the car and had hidden the bag outside the church.
He was placed under arrest pending a remand hearing on Saturday.