Cyprus Mail

Police investigate links between car theft, arson

Police said on Thursday they are investigating any links between a car theft in Larnaca, a car arson and the robbery of a petrol station in Limassol on Wednesday night.

Authorities in Larnaca on Wednesday night received information of a rental car with four to five passengers moving suspiciously. The same vehicle was later that night found abandoned on the side of the road on Nikos and Despina Pattichis avenue by police, with no keys in the ignition and its doors wide open.

CCTV footage revealed that shortly after midnight the individuals in the rental car stopped at a location in Larnaca, where they stole a car battery from a parked vehicle.

The rental was impounded. It had been rented to an English-Cypriot for the whole of last December.

Police suspect the people in the rental may have been involved in the malicious damage of nine cars parked on the same street where it was abandoned.

Other CCTV footage showed the passengers of the rental robbing a large number of cigarettes from a petrol station in Trachoni. In this footage a commercial vehicle can be seen of the same colour and type that was stolen in Larnaca and later found burned and abandoned in Limassol.

Police are investigating if it is the same vehicle and if it has any links to the rental car or its occupants.

The commercial vehicle had been seen near the spot where the rental was abandoned.

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