The thieves who broke into a property in Beith last month are linked to a series of nationwide raids on homes targeting ‘Asian Gold’.
Police say a number of Asian homes in the central belt and west of Scotland are being broken into and high-value gold and other expensive items are being stolen.
Between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, a property on McMillan Crescent in Beith was burgled.
Five-figure money and jewelry, including gold necklaces, rings and watches, were taken.
Whoever broke into this property is believed to be responsible for a whole host of other burglaries.
Between August 21 and August 31, 14 incidents occurred in Beith, Bathgate, Stranraer, Cambuslang, Paisley, Stepps, East Kilbride and Glasgow.
The same car was spotted in each of these areas at the time of the break-ins and police therefore concluded that they were related.
They are hunting down the driver of a metallic gray Cupra Ateca car, which has been seen in all places.
Of the 14 incidents, thieves have so far stolen Asian gold jewelry and watches, with a combined total value of £ 200,000.
Detective Sergeant Allan MacInnes of the Govan Community Investigations Unit said: “Following each of these incidents, the owners have been devastated by the theft of their property and we are pursuing a number of avenues of investigation. as we seek to identify the culprits and find the stolen items.
“We ask anyone who remembers seeing suspicious activity in the affected areas between 21 and 31 August, or who can help us locate the gray Cupra Ateca and its occupants, to immediately contact the police.
“In addition, anyone with other information relevant to our ongoing investigation should also contact us.
‘Preventing break-ins and reducing the number of people affected by such crimes is a top priority for Scottish Police and the public has a vital role to play in ensuring their valuables are stored safely and out view and that all doors and windows are properly secured when left unoccupied.
“We also recommend that those who choose to store high value items in their homes invest in robust security measures such as safes, alarms and motion activated lighting. Additionally, where possible, we encourage the use of safes outside your home, or if this is not a viable option, please consider using a safe storage option approved by your insurer.
“A range of useful crime prevention tips are available on our website by visiting www.scotland.police.uk. ”