The gang believed to be behind the burglary of dozens of apartments in the Sliema and St Julian’s area appear to have become more daring.
Last week robbers broke into a Swieqi villa at night and locked family members asleep inside their bedrooms while they ransacked the place.
According to CCTV footage obtained by the police from nearby residences, two or three robbers were inside the house for at least 20 minutes while another waited for them outside.
The police were contacted in the morning by the family after they woke up to find themselves locked inside their bedrooms.
Last week The Sunday Times of Malta reported that dozens of residences in the Sliema and St Julian’s area had been targeted by robbers either from the same gang or using similar methods to gain entry.
The thieves, often posing as workers to fool neighbours, have been drilling through front door locks, even those considered to be among the more secure, and removing them entirely from the outside.
The majority of burglaries have been from apartments rather than houses. In all cases, the thieves stole jewellery, cash and watches. Larger items, such as televisions, gaming consoles, hi-fi systems, laptops and…