A Greek national shot and killed an Albanian burglar in the early hours of Thursday morning. The robber was part of a gang of three Albanians who were breaking into their third house that night.
Ekathimerini reported a 25-year-old resident of Paiania, east Attica, shot and killed a 43-year-old burglar, who with his two accomplices had broken into at least three homes in the Paiania area in the early hours of Thursday morning.
According to Ta Nea the three burglars broke into the first house shortly after 2am, but fled when they disturbed the occupants. As the occupants telephoned the police the gang were already breaking into a second house where they threatened the female owner at knife-point as the burglar alarm sounded. The woman's two sons were alerted and chased the burglars who escaped.
As local residents were disturbed the gang targeted a third house but a man fired a shotgun in the air to intimidate the thieves. Helles Frappe reported "for some bizarre reason, the perpetrators decided to return to the second home they attempted to rob." The son of the woman they had held at knife-point shot and killed one of the gang in self-defence after "his rifle backfired." The Albanian thief died instantly.
Meanwhile the Greek man turned himself into police and is currently being held in custody.
Burglaries are becoming increasingly commonplace in Greece, as Greek nationals are targeted by foreign criminals.