Jewellery and other valuables valued at around €50,000 were stolen from shop in Larnaca during the early hours of Wednesday before it was burned down, police said.
“At around 3am residents noticed a fire had started at a jewellery store on Hamit Bey Street in Larnaca. The police and fire service were notified and went to the scene,” Larnaca police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said.
Investigations at the shop which is located in a Turkish Cypriot neighbourhood in Larnaca, established it had been broken into after burglars initially tried to gain entrance through the wall and then via the main entrance, he added.
“The burglars used an oxygen lance to open the store’s safe and stole jewellery and other valuables estimated to be worth around €50,000. The exact value of the items has yet to be estimated as the store has been closed for months. The owner had been in a motorbike accident and has been bedridden for the last three months,” Zachariou said.
The police spokesman said that the store did not have an alarm or CCTV systems and was not insured.
He added that despite firefighters’ quick response they did not manage to reach it in time and the store was destroyed.