Palma.—Within less than 24 hours of the Guardia Civil launching a major crackdown on house break-ins in the country, two different gangs have been smashed and a total of six people arrested.

The Guardia Civil are charging the six in connection with breaks-ins to five properties in and around Maria de la Salut and one in Sencelles.
This week, the Guardia Civil called on property owners to step up home security in response to a recent wave of break-ins, often by armed and violent criminals, to luxury homes in various parts of the island.

The Guardia Civil have significantly stepped up their patrols in black spot areas but have also called on the general public to call the special 062 number if they spot anything suspicious in their area.

The first gang, two Moroccans, one of which is a minor, and a Colombian was dismantled in the Maria de la Salut area.
The arrests came after an attempted house robbery was reported to the Guardia Civil on Tuesday night and, with the cooperation of the National Police, the Guardia Civil were to chase and halt the car as the trio attempted to flee the scene.

The second gang of another three members, which was comprised of two Moroccans and a Bulgarian woman, was dismantled yesterday.
The three are being charged with the theft of 20'000 euros worth of jewelry from a property in Sencelles on January 2.
This latter robbery was apparently an inside job.
The Bulgarian woman was employed by the owners of the property and she provided the two Moroccans with a spare set of keys which they used to get into the house.


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