Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B boasted to pal about breaking into hotels in Portugal before toddler vanished

THE prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case allegedly boasted to a friend about breaking into hotel rooms in the Algarve.

Christian B, 43, identified by German investigators in June, is known to have been living in the Praia de Luz resort around the time of the three-year-old's disappearance in 2007.

Prosecutors began investigating Christian B following his conviction in December of last year for the rape of a 72-year-old in the same resort in August 2005.

The conviction came after a former friend told police about finding video evidence of the rape on a camera he had stolen from Christian B's home.

He said the tape also included footage of a younger woman tied to a wooden beam in a different house.

The man said he had previously carried out a number of small-time burglaries with Christian B, but what he saw on the tape was "out of the question".

Speaking to German broadcaster RTL, he added: “[Christian B] told me he does his break-ins in hotels and really goes right inside the rooms.”

Christian B was convicted of the 2005 rape after DNA evidence placed him at the scene.

He also has multiple previous convictions for the sexual abuse of children.

Prosecutors have said they have strong evidence tying him to Madeleine's disappearance, but have not yet disclosed it all publicly.

They have said that data from a mobile phone mast shows that he was in the Praia de Luz resort or the surrounding area at the time she went missing.

He is known to have lived in properties in the region and to have spent time travelling around and sleeping in a camper van.

He is also alleged to have confessed to abducting Madeleine while sat in a German bar with a friend and watching a news report about the tenth anniversary of her disappearance.

Last month, police excavated an allotment he is known to have used for a time near the city of Hanover, Germany.

Neighbours have recounted seeing him remove large amounts of earth from the plot.

The owner of another plot in the city of Braunschweig has also claimed Christian B once asked her if he could build a cellar-like structure beneath the site.

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