A six-figure sum of jewellery and cash has been stolen during a break-in at an elderly couple’s home in Renfrewshire.
Police are appealing for information about the incident, which occurred at around 7.45pm on Friday in Crosslee Crescent, Houston.
They said Asian gold of “significant sentimental value” was stolen from a couple aged in their late 70s, who may have disturbed the burglars as they returned home.
They estimate the total value of jewellery and cash stolen is in the low six figures.
Detective Constable Malcolm Clark of Paisley CID said: “The householders, both in their late 70s, were just returning home when they saw that someone had broken in.
“They also think that they disturbed the housebreakers who appear to have run off from the house through neighbouring gardens and possibly into Houston Road.
“We believe that this house was deliberately targeted – the thieves knew what was in the house and where it was kept. So it’s possible that the thieves may have been in the area – maybe even days before – observing the home and the movements of the householders.
“As you can imagine, the family is very, very upset and it is imperative that we find those responsible.”
He appealed for witnesses who may have been in the area, or to anyone who may have relevant dashcam footage.
Information can be passed to officers via 101, quoting reference number 3250 of October 16, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.