Alleged hotel rooms thief caught by CCTV
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Alleged hotel rooms thief caught by CCTV

The man has been denied bail

A man is being held behind bars after allegedly stealing from a number of rooms in two hotels in Gzira. 

Christopher Sammut, 47, from Lija, was arraigned on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to having made off with electronic equipment and cash belonging to hotel guests, as well as with attempting to rob a betting shop and also with the theft of two wallets.

Investigators homed in on the man after CCTV footage and stills of the man were posted on social media.

A request for bail was strongly objected to by the prosecution in view of the fact that the suspect had proved difficult to trace. In fact, the man had only supplied an address during his arraignment.

Legal aid lawyer Dustin Camilleri countered that not only had the accused supplied a fixed address, but moreover, he was willing to abide by bail conditions, although he lacked the means to pay a bail deposit.

Magistrate Gabriella Vella turned down the request for bail in view of the man’s lack of trustworthiness, pointing out that he had only supplied a fixed address during the arraignment.

Inspectors Saviour Baldacchino and Colin Sheldon prosecuted.

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