Asian families in Brent ‘targeted’ for their jewellery by armed burglars

Aggravated burglaries in Brent are being investigated. Picture: Met Police

Aggravated burglaries in Brent are being investigated. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

Asian families in Brent have been “targeted” by armed burglars posing as meter readers who then steal their jewellery.

Nineteen aggravated burglaries which occurred across Brent, Harrow and Barnet are being investigated by Brent detectives.

The burglaries all occurred in the afternoon or evening throughout August and appear to have targeted Asian families including elderly victims, said police.

A man knocked on doors posing as a meter reader but provided no identification.

Once inside, he’d jar the door while accomplices armed with knives, and wearing gloves and balaclavas, stormed in demanding cash and jewellery.

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If the occupants were out, the doors were forced open.

There have been no arrests.

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DS Kelly Schonhage, from Brent CID, said: “These are terrifying burglaries for the victims; often when they are in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“If anyone asks to check your meter, please make sure you check if they are wearing any identification. If they are not, do not let them in and call police.

“We would urge anyone with information about these burglaries to get in touch as soon as possible.”

To help police with their enquiries, call Brent CID via 101 quoting reference CAD 4966/07Sept18, or tweet @Metcc. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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