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Tourist leaves on web cam, catches hotel cleaner stealing

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A 54-year-old cleaning lady from Liopetri was remanded for four days by Famagusta court on Friday after being caught on camera stealing cash from an Ayia Napa hotel room.

According to police, following complaints made by tourists in a specific hotel concerning the theft of small amounts of cash from their rooms, one of the visitors left the camera on his laptop running, before leaving the room.

On returning to the room and checking the laptop, it was found to contain footage showing the cleaner entering the room, opening his wallet and removing something from it which she put in her pocket.

Police, after securing a judicial warrant, arrested the woman Thursday morning, carrying out a search of her home in the process. Two wallets, the first containing around €4,145 and what is descried as a large number of foreign banknotes, and the other with about €3,650 were discovered along with a bag holding €6,141 and a purse with €1,350.

Police say the woman, when questioned, had admitted to various offences.

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