Almost £200,000 stolen during jewellery raids in Bedford and Luton

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Jewel thieves Bedford and Luton

A jewellers in Bedford has been raided by jewel thieves in what Police say is linked to a similar robbery in Luton.

Prem’s Jewellers in Ford End Road, Bedford had £85,000 worth of jewels and £5,000 of cash taken in the early hours of Friday 12 April.

Two men drilled through the wall of a vacant house into the store, before placing jewellery in rucksacks and exiting via the empty property.

A few days later on 17 April, Rakesh Jewellers in Leagrave Road, Luton had £100,000 worth of jewellery stolen.

The men involved in both crimes are believed to be white and were wearing dark clothing including balaclavas and gloves.

CID in both Luton and Bedford are investigating the robberies. Detective Constable Tracey Litchfield said: “These are highly professional break-ins carried out with meticulous planning and methodology.

“We are linking in with national investigative partners as we believe this to be part of a series, but in order to help identify those responsible we are keen to hear from anyone with any knowledge about these break-ins.

“Do you know who may be carrying out these crimes, or have you been offered any Asian gold jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances? Did you see any unusual activities in these locations at the time of the offences?

“Any information at all could prove useful to our investigation, so please contact us or Crimestoppers.

“This is by no means a victimless crime – both the affected jewellers are local businesses and we are committed to finding those responsible for these high-value, high-harm burglaries.”

If you think you’ve any information that could help, contact DC Litchfield or DC Dan Matcham by calling 101, or report information online at www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Crimestoppers website.

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