Old bank notes give church thief away

| March 17, 2012

A drug addict who stole most of the jewellery adorning the statue of Our Lady of Graces in Żabbar was jailed for three years.

The 30-year-old thief took six gold and diamond rings, two gold and diamond bracelets, two necklaces and a pair of diamond earrings, a gold bracelet and a gold and diamond medallion from the statue in November 2009.

Aaron Axisa, of Xgħajra, scaled scaffolding that was erected outside, went into the church and then helped himself to the jewellery and collection boxes taking, among the loot, two bank notes of the old Maltese currency, the lira, equivalent to €30.

Because a theft had already occurred, the parish priest, Fr Sebastian Caruana, had placed the bank notes in the collection box and recorded the serial numbers. He alerted the Central Bank that someone might attempt to exchange the notes for euros and, in fact, Mr Axisa did. He was caught at the Central Bank and arrested.



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