5 Burglars Arrested in Bulgaria in Special Police Ops

Crime | September 22, 2012, Saturday // 12:54
5 Burglars Arrested in Bulgaria in Special Police Ops: 5 Burglars Arrested in Bulgaria in Special Police Ops A former Beret and a current employee of the Penitentiary Department at the Justice Ministry were arrested in Bulgaria during a robbery attempt. File photo

Five people have been arrested Saturday in the Sveti Vlas beach resort in Bulgaria in a special police operation codenamed "The Guest Performers."

The news was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, cited by the Focus news agency.

During the arrest, made at 4:30 am, when the group was leaving a house at the resort, the police found two large travel bags filled with cash.

The detainees are identified as Marloan, 40, with a criminal record for 31 thefts, Iliyan AKA Dalgiya (The Toll), 38, with a rap sheet for theft, physical assault, and illegal weapon possession, another Iliyan nicknamed Mutsi, 43, with a criminal record for contraband and physical assault, Zhivomir, 37, a former Beret special task force serviceman, and Angel, 32, a current employee of the Penitentiary Department at the Justice Ministry.

A raid of the home of the latter yielded an AKA machine gun and a handgun with erased numbers and an illegally-owned police uniform. Two other handguns were found in the home of the former Beret.

The police followed the group for a while. They broke into the house 3 days ago when the owner was at a restaurant, but did not find any money. They were arrested during the second brake-in in the owner's absence.

The operation has been carried out in full secrecy by the police teams from Sofia and the Black Sea city of Burgas since Marloan has been known for bragging that he enjoyed strong protection by the police and the judiciary.

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Tags: The Guest Performers, special police information, resort, Sveti Vlas, criminal record, theft, robbery, arrested, Justice Ministry, Penitentiary Department, current employee, former Beret, Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov
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