A 53-year-old cook, suspected of stealing large sums of money and other valuables from his employer in Larnaca will appear in court at the end of June, police said on Thursday.

The suspect will appear before the Larnaca-Famagusta Criminal Court, on June 26, and will remain in custody until then.

Spokesman for the Larnaca police, Haris Hadjiyiasemi said that the case concerns the theft of $150,000, over €40,000, and various items of gold jewellery with a total value of €82,000, reported as stolen from a house in Pervolia the night of July 15 to 16 last year.

Testimony from the complainant and police investigations, raised suspicions against his Bulgarian cook, who had been employed to work at the house since early June.

Police established that on July 15, the suspect left the house at 1pm instead of 7pm ending his shift early.

Following unsuccessful attempts to establish his whereabouts, on July 16 police obtained a warrant for his arrest, placed the suspect on the stop list, and made his photo public.

According to Hadjiyiasemi, the man managed to cross to the north via the Ayios Dometios crossing point in Nicosia around 2:30pm on his last day of work.

Police established the fact the following day in cooperation with the company which had rented the car to the suspect when the vehicle was located around 7pm near the crossing point.

The complainant’s wife identified as stolen earrings and other jewellery, worth around €7,000, after police opened the vehicle with the spare keys.

Police issued a European arrest warrant and on September 2, the suspect was located and arrested in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Procedures to send the man to Cyprus were initiated in April, when Georgian authorities started the procedure for Cypriot police officers to go there and pick up the 53-year-old, Hadjiyiasemi said.

On Wednesday last week two CID members returned to Larnaca airport with the suspect.

The following day the 53-year-old was brought before the Larnaca district court, which issued a detention order against him for six days.

The man was remanded in custody on Wednesday this week and will remain in custody until the date of his upcoming trial.