Asian jewel thieves strike in Burnley and Pendle

POLICE are advising members of the Asian community in Burnley and Pendle to be vigilant following a spate of jewellery burglaries.

Properties in Burnley, Barrowford and Nelson have been broken into in recent days, with hundreds of pounds worth of Asian heritage jewellery stolen.

The offenders have targeted the addresses between 11am and 6pm, when the occupants were at work or away from home.

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Detective Inspector Vinny De Curtis, from Burnley police, said: “We believe thieves have deliberately targeted this area, with the intention of stealing Asian heritage jewellery.

“We are carrying out a number of lines of inquiry, but I appeal to anyone with any information that could help identify the offenders, to get in contact with us.”

The burglaries have taken place in Eastern Avenue, Burnley; Ronbury Close, Barrowford and also Meredith Street and Beaufort Street, Nelson.

A report was made of a suspicious black Peugeot car in the vicinity of two of the burglaries in Nelson and inquiries are being made to identify the vehicle.

Det. Insp. De Curtis continued: “I urge all residents, particularly those in Asian communities, to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”