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Gold jewellery worth nearly £30,000 stolen from house

Jewel thieves target properties in West Lothian before making off in black Audi.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. ©STV

Jewellery worth nearly £30,000 was stolen during a raid on a house in West Lothian.

The Asian gold was taken during a break-in at a property in Bathgate on Wednesday night.

Similar jewellery was also stolen from house in nearby Armadale, however the full value of the items taken is not yet known.

Police believe the housebreakings, which took place between 7pm and 9pm, are linked and are trying to trace a black Audi A4 or S3 seen near the Cupcake Café and Bar in Bathgate later that evening.

Constable Marc Lunn, from the West Lothian Community Investigation Unit, said: "The theft of this jewellery has left the owners deeply upset and we are eager to ensure it is returned to them.

"I would ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in either Bathgate or Armadale on Wednesday evening to contact police immediately.

"In particular, we are keen to hear from motorists who were on the B8047 and who may have dashcam footage that captures the Audi we believe to be involved.

"It is likely the suspects will look to sell on the stolen goods and so if members of the public are approached by anyone looking to offload Asian gold jewellery with no proof of ownership, please decline and get in touch with us.

"I would also remind those living in the local area to remain vigilant and contact Police Scotland on 101 if you see any suspicious behaviour. Always dialling 999 if you see a crime in progress."

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