Raiders ransack family's home and snatch jewels

December 05 2016

POLICE are continuing to warn members of the Asian community to take extra care of their jewellery and valuables after thieves ransacked the home of a Fishponds family.

POLICE are continuing to warn members of the Asian community to take extra care of their jewellery and valuables after thieves ransacked the home of a Fishponds family.

The burglary took place in Honiton Road after family members went out to the cinema at 4.45pm on Monday November 14.

When they returned home at around 10.30pm they discovered they had been burgled.

Among items stolen were several pieces of high value gold jewellery, including a ‘Shangar’, a piece of jewellery worn at Sikh weddings which had been given to the victim by her parents.

Investigating officer Dai Nicholas said: "It’s every family’s nightmare, to return and find that your family home has been ransacked by thieves and items that you simply cannot replace have been stolen.

"I’d ask anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area on Monday afternoon to get in touch. Also, anyone who has information about the distinctive items stolen."

All of the items were stored in a light green-coloured metal safe which, despite being very heavy, was taken from the house.

There have been a number of incidents across Bristol in the past month where thieves have targeted homes because they believe there is valuable jewellery or high value gold inside.

Bristol community liaison officer PC Keith Openshaw said: “Many Asian families have precious jewellery and gold items in their homes, some of which are family heirlooms, handed down through several
 generations.

"Unfortunately, burglars are unaware of cultural traditions and they do not hold them sacred. They know that many Asian families invest in the highest quality gold, which they can sell on for large sums of cash, with relative ease and anonymity.

“Of course, these items of jewellery have a very high sentimental value and if they’re stolen, the victims may feel as though they have lost part of their family history. This is why we are urging Asian communities to take extra care and to report anything suspicious to us immediately.

"You are our eyes and ears on the ground and without your support, we cannot catch these heartless criminals who see your family heirlooms as a quick way to make some cash."

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call 101 quoting reference 5216253731.

 

Haul of gold includes many treasures

As well as the Shangar, also stolen were:

• A ‘Bassa’, a piece of gold jewellery worn on the side of the head

• Gold earrings with red stones in

• Choker style necklace with gold squares hanging off

• A ‘Pannchangla, four gold rings attached to a bracelet

• A ‘Nath’, a large gold nose ring with a chain attached

• A matching gold jewellery set in a red suede box, consisting of a thin gold necklace, flower-shaped ring and hooped earrings, all with small diamonds

• Man’s gold bangle

•Two men’s gold rings, one with a maze pattern on the front and filled with diamonds, one with a square on the top and filled with white stones

• A child’s gold ring, again with a square design on the top

• Small plain gold ring with a star design engraved on top

• Gold chain with a Kanda (Sikh religious symbol) on four small children’s silver bangles