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Slovenia has sent its own crime investigators to Brussels, which will be collaborating with the local authorities. Photo: MMC RTV SLO

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Daring break-in at the Slovenian Embassy in Brussels

10. August 2017 ob 10:51
Brussels - MMC RTV SLO

Unknown perpetrators broke into the Slovenian Embassy in Brussels. First reports say they stole hologram stickers, used for sealing post, from the embassy safe. The acting Secretary-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Damjan Bergant, said the theft did not pose any security risks.

On the night between Sunday and Monday burglars drilled a big hole from the embassy’s neighboring building, which is not occupied. They then entered the embassy and broke into the safe of the Slovenian Embassy. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the burglars only stole hologram stickers, but wanted to steal the cash-register "where we usually store all our consular documents", said Mr. Bergant. He added that all of the consular documents remain in the embassy, including the envelope with the money gathered from consular taxes.

Slovenia has sent its own crime investigators to Brussels, which will be collaborating with the local authorities. The ministry explained that the Slovenian Embassy in Brussels does not have security staff, but only an alarm system. However, the alarm system did not detect the break-in, even though it was turned on. Bergant added that the investigation will determine why the alarm system did not detect the break-in. The embassy also has security cameras, but the ministry has no information yet on whether the cameras recorded the burglary.

The break-in was first noticed by the embassy employees, when they saw the hole in the wall. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Brussels records an average of five break-ins into embassies every year. The break-in into the Slovenian embassy was the third such act of burglary in the Belgian capital this year.

L. L., MMC; translated by K. J.

L. L., MMC; translated by K. J.