A series of audacious thefts that targeted shops in various localities across Malta between June and November this year has come to an end with the arrest of a 32-year-old man, according to the Malta Police Force.
The suspect, a Macedonian national whose identity remains undisclosed, allegedly committed a total of nine thefts during the night from outlets in Valletta, Qormi, Sliema, Naxxar, and Mellieħa.
The stolen objects primarily included a significant number of mobile phones and laptops. Additionally, one of the targeted shops in Naxxar reported the theft of a substantial amount of cash.
In a brazen attempt to extend his crime spree, the suspect also allegedly tried to force entry into other shops located in Birkirkara, Tarxien, Marsa, and Gżira.
The combined value of the stolen items from these targeted establishments is estimated to be around €150,000, marking a significant loss for the affected businesses.
Following a thorough and intensive investigation by the Malta Police, the alleged thief was successfully identified. Law enforcement officers apprehended the suspect on Saturday evening in St Julian’s, culminating in a breakthrough for the ongoing investigation.
The arrested individual is scheduled to be arraigned in court today at approximately 2:30pm before duty magistrate Abigail Critien.