By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]
A villa in Sargaçal, Lagos, owned by a British couple, was broken into and partially destroyed by a fire on November 19.
The owners, who are understood to travel to the Algarve only during school holidays, were not at the home.
A neighbour called the police at about 7am when they saw the flames coming from the house.
According to Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã (CM), thieves broke into the house through the living room door.
They took several electrical items, including a refrigerator, a television and a washing machine. After the burglary, a fire started inside the house.
A spokesman from Lagos fire fighters told the Algarve Resident: “The fire was violent and left the home burnt on the inside and part of the roof even collapsed.”
PJ police are investigating whether the fire was started deliberately.
A resident of the area claimed that six of the 14 villas in that location – mostly foreign-owned – have been burgled this year.
A spokesman for the PJ police told the Algarve Resident: “There is no information to give about this case at the moment.”
Meanwhile, a Dutch couple were burgled while sleeping at their home in Albufeira on November 20.
A spokesman from the GNR police told the Algarve Resident: “The thieves entered through a window on the ground floor while the couple were sleeping on the first floor of the house. They stole three mobile phones, a games console and games.”
On November 18, five LCD televisions and a DVD player were stolen from Vila Petra Aparthotel in Albufeira.
A spokesman from the GNR police said: “The thieves entered the complex and broke the doors of five vacant apartments.” The value of the televisions is estimated at around €8,000.
Both cases are being investigated by the GNR police.