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Burglars target Asian jewellery

Asian jewellery
Burglars are targeting Asian homes for exotic jewellery

Burglars are targeting Asian homes in Bedfordshire to steal exotic jewellery and gold items while leaving other valuables and electrical goods behind.

Police are mounting extra patrols in the Saints, Runfold and Challney areas of Luton as a result of the raids.

Nine properties have been burgled in the past fortnight with raiders forcing rear windows and doors for entry.

"Offenders search upstairs for Asian gold and jewellery leaving other items and electrical goods," police said.

"The offences have happened during the day and over half took place on a Tuesday."

Det Con Dale Mepstead, said: "I would ask local residents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious people they see in their area to the police immediately.

"It is also important that anyone who has jewellery in their home, whether it be worth a lot of money or be of sentimental value, take the appropriate precautions and help discourage any further offences of this nature happening.

"Keeping it out of sight and locked away somewhere safe is one of the easiest things to do and will save the heartache of losing something that is precious to you."

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