Burglars have made off with hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and luxury items following two separate break-ins at homes belonging to Russians living in Limassol.
In the first case, the burglars escaped with a 300kilo safe containing €250,000 in cash and luxury items from a Potamo tis Yermasoyia house.
According to the police, the burglars entered the home after violating a balcony door, located the safe hidden in a wardrobe, and left with it.
The home’s Russian owners said they discovered the break-in on their return home from a day out at around 10.45pm on Saturday.
They said the safe contained €50,000 in euros, roubles and dollars, and jewellery worth over €200,000.
They were not insured.
The second break-in saw burglars targeting a second-floor apartment in Yermasoyia and getting away with €54,250 worth of designer clothing and accessories. They once again entered through a balcony door which had been closed but not locked.
The home-owners, also Russian, had been away from home between 5pm and midnight on Saturday.
Amongst the items stolen were designer watches, handbags, clothing and sunglasses as well as jewellery. Amongst the stolen clothing were a €5,500 fur coat and a €12,000 diamond watch.
It remains unclear whether or not the family was insured.
Investigations into both break-ins are continuing, including into whether they are connected.