Law enforcement agencies are concerned about an increase in break-ins and burglaries in Paphos over the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Cyprus News Agency said on Monday.
Quoting an official announcement, CNA said a growing number of jewellery shops have been burgled, and luxury goods such as designer clothes and cosmetics were stolen from shops. Private residences were also targeted with thieves taking cash and jewellery.
Of particular concern is the theft of a military rifle and two shotguns worth €1,400 from a home in Konia. They belonged to a 36-year-old resident of Paphos.
Police, who conducted investigations and seized evidence, fear that the weapons may be used to commit criminal offences.
During the course of the investigations, the authorities have established that the break-ins have common patterns and probably common perpetrators. They urge the public to be especially vigilant and to report any useful pieces of information to police.