Man charged with €7,000 clothes theft

A man with multiple convictions for theft was accused of aggravated theft from Paola and another attempted burglary from Santa Venera

A notorious criminal has been remanded in custody after he was charged with stealing approximately €7,000 worth of clothes.

Keith Pace, 38, from Santa Venera was arraigned before Magistrate Simone Grech late this afternoon, accused of aggravated theft, voluntary damage to third party property, handling stolen goods, attempted theft and recidivism.

Some €7,000 worth of clothes were stolen in the break-in, which took place in Paola on 14 August.

He was also accused of attempted theft from another property in Santa Venera on 23 September.

Pace has multiple previous convictions for theft and other crimes.

Police investigating the crimes had eventually singled out Pace as the likely culprit and later arrested him at his home.

Pace pleaded not guilty to the charges. His lawyers, Franco Debono and Amadeus Cachia, did not request bail on account of the man’s extensive criminal record and the fact that witnesses had not yet testified.

He was remanded in custody. 

Inspectors Mario Xiberras, Wayne Camilleri and Shawn Pawney prosecuted.