Police are investigating after eighteen reports of jewellery theft in Bolton.
Officers have launched an investigation. Targeting those suspected of being involved in a series of gold jewellery burglaries.
The break-ins have been committed at the homes of Asian families with the specific intent of stealing gold jewellery and cash.
The offenders are gaining access to properties by breaking an entry to the rear of the house.
In all cases, a significant amount of high value jewellery has been stolen. Some incidents have also included cash theft.
During a number of these burglaries the families themselves have been subjected to unprovoked violent threats. With offenders using weapons such as screwdrivers to threaten the victims. There have been no reports of injuries.