Reconciling stolen gems with their rightful owners
POLICE are trying to reunite burglary victims with jewellery stolen in Sussex and throughout the south-east.
In particular, detectives are keen to restore valuable religious pieces to their rightful owners.
Under the name of Opertion Minnesota, a dedicated police team has been investigating break-ins at homes where large amounts of such jewellery is kept, for example for special festivals.
The Asian community has been particularly badly hit because of this, and officers have been out in the community talking to victims and advising owners on how best to safeguard their property.
Some jewellery stolen in a series of raids has been recovered, and this is now being shown online in a bid to trace the losers.
It can be seen at: http://property.sussex-police.co.uk/igallery.asp?d=\min nesota\
Detective Constable Graham Leaney said the most expensive pieces had been swiftly sold on for their gold value.
But he added: “The thieves have discarded other items which have been found and handed in.
“Though less expensive, they still have significant personal value to the losers.”
To contact Sussex Police, telephone 101.
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