Police Investigate Gold Thefts

Detectives in the burglary team at Northamptonshire Police are investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred in Northampton during recent weeks where gold jewellery has been targeted.

A number of incidents have occurred in the South West area of Northampton. Examples include a burglary that occurred in the Marshleys Court area, on Monday 17 September some time between 6.30pm and 8.40pm where Asian gold necklaces and rings were taken.

A property in the Merthyr Road area was targeted some time between 6.30pm and 9.20pm on the same date. Entry was gained by forcing the front door open, and an amount of gold jewellery was removed.

Also on Monday 17 September, an amount of cash and items of gold jewellery were taken from a property in the Park Hill Road area some time between 7.30pm and 9.20pm.

Following a stop check of a vehicle, officers arrested two people on Friday 21 September – a 27 year old man and a 30 year old man - on suspicion of burglary where gold jewellery was stolen.

Detective Inspector Louise Fleckney said: “There are a number of crimes that have similarities in terms of the items targeted for theft, and as a result we are investigating these as a linked series. We are focussing investigative efforts around the intelligence received. We urge anyone who may have any information about the burglaries to contact Northampton CID by calling 101.”

Community Engagement Officer PC Nick Stephens said: “We have held a number of community meetings to speak with people about their concerns and to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice. At a recent community meeting on Saturday there was a good exchange of information between the community and the Police. We provided updates about the investigation, further crime prevention advice and an assurance that the Police are taking this matter seriously and committing resources to tackle the issues. Extra high visibility patrols are taking place in the area’s identified to help offer reassurance and act as a deterrent.”

Anyone wishing to discuss the incidents can contact Community Engagement Officers PC Nick Stephens or PC Sue Ward on 101, ext 5890 or 8950.