Six refugees who broke into a greenhouse on the island of Chios to steal vegetables, were charged with a felony and a misdemeanor by a prosecutor on Monday.

Police arrested the six as well as the owner of the greenhouse, who had been notified by his father of the break-in and started shooting in the air to frighten the trespassers.

The six were charged with the crime of break-in for theft, and with the misdemeanour of injuring the owner's 75-year-old father, while the son, 45 (earlier erroneously reported as being 43), was charged with illegal possession of arms and shooting without purpose.

All seven are held by police until their court date on Wednesday morning.

The six refugees are staying at the VIAL ex-factory reception and identification center, near the town of Chalkios, where the greenhouse is located on the eastern Aegean island.