Jewellery thieves target Asian families celebrating Ramadan

An organised gang stole £100,000 worth of jewellery after targeting Asian families celebrating Ramadan and Eid.

The thieves are said to have waited until residents had gone to the mosque before breaking in.

Sussex Police believe one gang raided 12 homes in areas of Crawley including Broadfield, Tilgate, Langley Green and Pound Hill, in July and August.

Between £1,000 and £30,000 of jewellery was taken from each property.

Sgt Jim Collen said that it was thought that the gang identified potential targets by visiting homes and pretending to offer cavity wall insulation.

He said: "They are certainly conducting some kind of hostile reconnaissance and they are certainly taking advantage of their knowledge of the local community, targeting households when they know they are going to be vacant, and when they know there is going to be a window of opportunity."

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11:52am Fri 10 Aug 12

censored says...

They haven't targetted anyone celebrating Eid, because it doesn't happen for another 9 days.
They haven't targetted anyone celebrating Eid, because it doesn't happen for another 9 days. censored
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2:11pm Fri 10 Aug 12

Helena Handcart says...

censored wrote:
They haven't targetted anyone celebrating Eid, because it doesn't happen for another 9 days.
What a brilliant piece of reporting!
[quote][p][bold]censored[/bold] wrote: They haven't targetted anyone celebrating Eid, because it doesn't happen for another 9 days.[/p][/quote]What a brilliant piece of reporting! Helena Handcart
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5:56pm Fri 10 Aug 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change?
The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change? getThisCoalitionOut
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9:06pm Fri 10 Aug 12

mimseycal says...

As far as I recall Ramadan is a holy month which ends with a celebration lasting three days - Eid ul-Fitr. The start of Eid ul-Fitr depends on the sighting of the new moon; the Muslim calendar, like the Jewish calendar, being Lunar.

Ramadan itself is observed but not celebrated in the sense that most non-Muslims understand the term.

Having said that, burglary is despicable and this seems like it was a planned 'raid' which in some ways is even worse then an opportunist theft.
As far as I recall Ramadan is a holy month which ends with a celebration lasting three days - Eid ul-Fitr. The start of Eid ul-Fitr depends on the sighting of the new moon; the Muslim calendar, like the Jewish calendar, being Lunar. Ramadan itself is observed but not celebrated in the sense that most non-Muslims understand the term. Having said that, burglary is despicable and this seems like it was a planned 'raid' which in some ways is even worse then an opportunist theft. mimseycal
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5:43pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Helena Handcart says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change?
It is long overdue, however the paper is actually deteriorating. I am afraid that this type of reporting, excremental though it is, will be looked back on as the Halcyon Days.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change?[/p][/quote]It is long overdue, however the paper is actually deteriorating. I am afraid that this type of reporting, excremental though it is, will be looked back on as the Halcyon Days. Helena Handcart
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5:43pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Helena Handcart says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change?
It is long overdue, however the paper is actually deteriorating. I am afraid that this type of reporting, excremental though it is, will be looked back on as the Halcyon Days.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: The Argus does seem to be the number one paper for making horrendous mistakes when reporting - isn't it time they started to get things right - just for a change?[/p][/quote]It is long overdue, however the paper is actually deteriorating. I am afraid that this type of reporting, excremental though it is, will be looked back on as the Halcyon Days. Helena Handcart
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