Indian gold jewellery snatch thefts - Slough

Thames Valley Police is urging members of the public to be vigilant following a number of snatch thefts of Indian gold necklaces and chains from Asian women in Slough.

Over the past few days, four incidents have been reported to police with the latest two occurring only on Tuesday (14/6).

At 1.45pm Tuesday, a woman in her sixties was walking along Green Drive, Langley, when she had her necklace snatched from someone who approached her from behind.

Within an hour of this incident occurring, a second snatch theft was reported in Woodland Avenue, near to a temple, at around 2.15pm. On this occasion, the victim was aged in her forties.

At around 8.45pm on Monday (13/6), a woman in her late 20s was robbed of her necklace in Carlton Road, Wexham. The victim tried to stop the offender from stealing her necklace but was unable to do so.

On Sunday (12/6), a victim in her 30s was robbed of her gold chain in Sheehy Way, Wexham, as she left a nearby temple. This incident happened at 9.15pm.

During each of these incidents, the offender has been described as a black man, aged between 15-20 years old, approximately 6ft and with a slim build. At this time, police are keeping an open mind as to whether others may be involved.

Det Insp Andy Shearwood from local CID at Slough said: “I would ask local residents, especially Asian woman, to be vigilant following these incidents and to report any suspicious behaviour or valuable information to police as soon as possible.

“It is our utmost priority to catch the person, or persons, responsible and I would like to assure the community of Slough that we are doing all we can to ensure this happens.

“Numerous inquiries have been conducted and continue each day. This has included house-to-house enquiries, as well as officers walking the routes both the victims and offender/s have taken in each incident. We are also looking at CCTV as part of our investigation.

“All offences are being forensically assessed which involves analysing any the contact made between the victim and offender/s.

“As part of our investigation, officers have been visiting all gold jewellery shops in the area in order to exchange useful information where possible. Patrols have also been increased in the areas concerned and every effort is being made to prevent these offences.

“I would urge anyone with information, regardless of how little it may appear, to contact us immediately. It may be that there are other victims out there who have not yet come forward. I would ask that these people come forward please. If English is not their first language, I would like to reassure them that we have police officers, staff and interpreters who can assist.

“We are liaising with local places of worship, near to where some of these incidents have occurred, so that they can pass on relevant crime prevention advice.”

A specific URN has been set-up as part of this investigation, to capture information passed to police from members of the public.

Those with information should contact the 24 hour police enquiry centre on 0845 8 505 505, quoting URN 742 of 15/6/2011. Alternatively those who do not wish to speak to police or leave their name should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.