Man jailed four years over stealing of battery vehicles to fund addiction

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for three years and seven months after admitting in court to stealing of battery vehicles.

Christopher Mifsud from Birkirkara was arraigned before a court presided over by Magistrate Ian Farrugia.

During the period 9 December 2019 and 15 February 2020, the man would remove batteries from parked vehicles and sell them to scrap merchants to fund his drug addiction.

In a statement the police said that the thefts occurred in Tal-Ħandaq and Imrieħel industrial zone as well as a number of streets in Qormi and Birkirkara.

He was arrested following a joint investigation by three police inspectors. None of the batteries were recovered.

After pleading guilty to the charges, the man was jailed for three years and seven months.

Police Inspectors Kylie Borg, Roderick Agius and Alfredo Mangion led the prosecution.