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Pair arrested after €20,000 stolen from priest’s home (update)

By Constantinos Psillides

A 42-year old woman from Larnaca and her 18-year old son were arrested on Wednesday, in connection with the theft of €20,000 from the home of an 81-year old priest in Troulloi village, in Larnaca district.

The two suspects visited the priest’s home on Tuesday at around 5pm, while he was out. They were greeted by his wife, 83, who let them in after they said they needed help.

While the two women were in the living room chatting, the teenager asked to go to the toilet. When he returned, he complained he had stomach pains and wanted to go to the doctor.

According to the priest’s wife, the suspects left in a red saloon car.

The priest returned home at around 10pm and only to find that two bags containing cash in various currencies were missing from a drawer in the bedroom.

The priest told police that the €20,000 came from donations and was meant to be used to buy an icon from a church that is under construction. British pounds and Australian dollars were also included in the loot.

Police identified the car and arrested the suspects. They are expected to appear before the Larnaca District court on Thursday.

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