SIX HOUSES TARGETED FOR GOLD JEWELLERY
Robbers threatened a woman and her child at their Wollaton home in one of six incidents this week in Nottinghamshire in which gold jewellery is believed to have been targeted.
It happened in Bramcote Lane at about 8.30pm on Monday (5 January 2015).
Three masked men forced the front door and threatened the woman and her young son with a baseball bat. They stole a safe, containing gold jewellery and passports, along with cash.
The victims were uninjured, but extremely distressed by the intrusion.
Since then, five other unoccupied homes have been targeted. The victims in all cases have been Asian and it is believed the theft of gold jewellery is the motive behind the incidents.
Between 1.40pm and 3.10pm on Tuesday (6 January 2015) the conservatory window of a house in Trowell Road, Wollaton, was smashed and a significant amount of gold jewellery was stolen from inside.
On Wednesday (7 January 2015) offenders entered a house in Bramcote Drive West, Beeston, through an unlocked porch door and smashed the window of a second door to gain further access.
After an untidy search a large amount of cash and gold jewellery was taken.
Another house in Beeston and two in Aspley were also entered by unknown offenders and searched, but nothing was stolen.
Patrols have been increased in the affected areas to provide reassurance while detectives continue to investigate all six of the incidents.
Residents are advised to ensure their doors are always locked, burglar alarms activated and jewellery and other valuable items kept out of sight.
Use a safe, which is secured to a firm base, and keep it locked. Ensure your jewellery is appropriately insured, take photographs of each piece and register it at www.immobilise.com
Remain vigilant and report unusual or suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to police immediately.
If you have any information about those responsible contact us on 101, quoting incident 761 of 5 January 2015, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.