A police officer was injured as three persons were arrested while attempting to steal from a residence in Swieqi, the police said.
The police described the operation as part of its fight against organised crime.
The three men were arrested after the police responded to a call for help from a woman who was hearing strange noises in a residence in Zejni Street, at around 3.15am.
The woman saw someone trying to break into her home when she looked out the window, and immediately called the police.
Four officers from the district turned up on site and noticed two persons in a car which had its engine switched on. They ordered the driver to switch of the engine but, instead, the driver reversed onto a parked car.
The officers tried to open the car door, with one of them being injured in the process. They eventually arrested the driver and the passenger, while the third man, who had by this time managed to enter the residence, was apprehended when walking out.
The three are expected to be charged in court on Tuesday.
Investigations are being led by inspectors Joseph Xerri and Leeroy Balzan.