Police in Flower Mound are investigating a string of burglaries. Police say thieves there are targeting gold jewelry that's an important part of the culture and religion of Asian and Indian-Americans.
So far this year, there have been eight burglaries targeting Indian and Asian households.
The thieves have gotten away with more than $128,000 in gold jewelry, but for the families affected, those items have a far greater value.
"We see them as very valuable and very attached to our culture, you know," said Flower Mound resident Bala Ganapavarapu.
Ganapavarapu has been on guard since hearing of break-in after break in.
"We are becoming easy targets for them," said Ganapavarapu.
Neighborhoods have been under attack by daytime burglars busting in through doors and windows, stealing, in most cases, high quality gold and silver jewelry -- some passed on from generation to generation.
Several neighbors have reached out to police, urging community meetings. Two have taken place so far, and another one is in the works.
One man's home was broken into last week. The thieves got away with small electronics, and he's still reeling from having his privacy violated.
"We feel unsafe," he said. "And it's not a good feeling. And we don't expect anybody to go through that."
Police say the thieves seem to understand the cultures they're targeting to know the jewelry items are used often and not kept under lock and key. They stress the importance of being alert.
In one case, police didn't get their hand on valuable information until late in the game.
"We had a couple of witnesses who saw people in vehicles strange to their neighborhood and then didn't call us ‘til we were out investigating the crime," said Capt. Richard Brooks with the Flower Mound Police Department.
As word spreads of the break-ins, families are beefing up home security systems, but there are still some sleepless nights.
"My wife is expecting soon and she doesn't go to sleep without thinking about it," said Ganapavarapu.
This isn't the first time these types of crimes have happened. Irving went through something similar in 2012. A man was arrested in connection to those crimes.
Flower Mound police hope they'll get lucky, too, and zero in on a suspect.
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