Eastern European gangs instilling fear in Sliema residents - police

Gang of Eastern Europeans reported to have burgled house in Sliema, police sources say.

A group of five Eastern European gang members have burgled a house in Sliema – the latest in a spate of burglaries and crimes that have instilled fear among the Sliema community.

A spokesperson for the police’s Community and Media Relations Unit (CMRU) confirmed that a house in Triq il-Palazz Capua, Sliema was burgled on Saturday night.

The incident is said to have occurred between 9:45pm and 10:45pm, when the owners were not at home.

As yet, no one has been apprehended in connection with the burglary.

Police sources have told MaltaToday that the burglary is likely to have been carried out by five members of an Eastern European gang.

The latest burglary is the latest in a spate of crimes that have instilled fear, and which have caused serious concerns among the Sliema community.

Recent statistics revealed that St Julian's is Malta's crime capital, while Sliema is in second place. A total of 217 burglaries from occupied residence in Sliema were reported in Sliema. 47 burglaries from vacant residences were also recorded.

Police have warned Sliema residents about the increasing number of burglaries which are reportedly being carried out by professional foreign gangs. Residents have also been warned to exercise caution and to keep a lookout for any suspicious activities.