Burglars Target Indian, Pakistani Families Around State

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    Just days after East Haven and Norwalk police warned residents of burglars targeting Indian and Pakistani residents, Norwich police have released a similar advisory and said these burglaries have been reported around New London county, shoreline communities and other states in the northeast.

    Norwich police said several burglaries have been reported since July and that the suspects break in through sliding glass doors or other back doors to the homes. Gold jewelry and “valuable cultural artifacts” have been stolen.

    Groton police are invesitgating two similar cases. Last week, Norwalk police warned of burglars who “appear to be well organized and have an understanding of the Indian and Pakistani cultures.”

    East Haven police also warned of thieves targeting residents of ethnic Indian descent and said at least five burglaries had taken place within a period of 10 days.

    "They broke the wooden [door] frame and just kicked it open," said Dipesh Patel, an East Haven resident who fell victim to the burglars. "They didn't leave any cabinets unchecked. They went through every single drawer."

    Patel said the suspects took thousands of dollars in gold jewelry.

    "They had to be following my dad or following us to see what time we leave, when we come up, tracking our daily routines," he added.

    Police said the perpetrators may be driving cars with out-of-state license plates, particularly those from New York and New Jersey. Residents who notice suspicious cars or people in the area should contact police right away.

    Authorities are encouraging residents to lock their doors and activate their alarms.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.