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Detectives are working a string of burglaries across the south-east

VIDEO: Police hunt burglars stealing high value jewellery

Police investigating a series of domestic burglaries have released CCTV footage of the men they want to talk to.

Detectives are linking five burglaries in Ashford, Dover, Folkestone and Sturry – three of which were committed on the same day.

They believe the thieves could also be linked to a number of other jewellery burglaries in Kent and the wider Home Counties.

Det Con Jonathan Heard said: “The offenders committing these burglaries know exactly what they are looking for.

“They are targeting high value pieces of gold jewellery and are leaving behind costume jewellery and other expensive items such as laptops or other electrical items.

“We believe they are organised criminals who are travelling from outside the county to commit burglaries in Kent.”

The first of the five burglaries is reported to have taken place in McCarthy Avenue, Sturry, between 8pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday, April 3. The offenders carried out an untidy search of the property and stole jewellery.

CCTV still of one of the suspects

Three burglaries took place on Thursday, April 5. The first happened between noon and 12.43pm in Park Avenue, Dover.

A man was seen knocking at the door shortly before two different men broke into the property and stole several items of jewellery.

Between 4.30pm and 5pm the same day two offenders broke into a house in Greystones, Willesborough, Ashford, and stole a gold necklace.

They were seen running out of the house and getting into a vehicle driven away by a third man.

The same afternoon a watch and other jewellery were stolen from another house in Greystones.

The fifth burglary was reported at a house in Freemantle Road, Folkestone, between between 5.15pm and 5.40pm on Saturday, April 7.

Two men in their mid-20s wearing bomber jackets, jeans and black baseball caps were seen leaving the property and driving off in a pale blue hatchback.

Two of the suspects

Cash, gold jewellery and watches were reported stolen.

Det Con Heard added: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry and are working with colleagues in other forces to try to identity the offenders.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV footage or the e-fits as they could have vital information that could assist our enquiries.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the areas where the burglaries were committed on the relevant days or the days leading up to them.

“Many of the items of stolen jewellery have been passed down through generations and hold great sentimental value to their owners.

“We are keen to bring the offenders to justice.”

If you can help, please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference ZY/017794/18.

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