Madeleine McCann suspect linked to 25 burglaries in the Portuguese resort where she vanished

POLICE have linked the prime Madeleine McCann suspect to more than 25 burglaries in the resort where she vanished.

But chances to identify Christian B were missed until DNA and video evidence later nailed him for the rape of an elderly tourist.

Portuguese cops compiled the list of unsolved 2005 break-ins before Madeleine, three, was snatched from Praia da Luz in 2007.

Detectives think the German fiend was behind the string of holiday apartment raids, many of them with British victims, including a model and her producer husband.

It was claimed he had a female accomplice who told him which properties to target, and this could have led to him raiding the flat where Madeleine was sleeping.

When jailed for diesel theft in another Algarve town in 2006, Christian admitted to the judge that he was a convicted sex offender.

But this crucial lead was never passed on to detectives investigating Madeleine’s disappearance a year later.

Christian, 43, is in a German jail for drug offences.

He is due to start a seven-year sentence for the 2005 rape in January.

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