Jewellery thieves are targeting Indian Americans in the US, the police have said, adding that the community is being preyed upon because of the expensive jewellery associated with their customs and culture.
The police said the latest theft happened at a motel owned by an Indian American family in Norwalk city of Connecticut.
Sergeant Seth Fry said the van they used to get away was later recovered at a farm outside the city. The license plate had been removed and all fingerprints had been wiped clean.
Investigators said the suspects involved have been committing similar crimes across the country and are believed to be targeting only Indian Americans.
"This group is very organized. They're probably moving onto another location and are going to do the same thing," said Sgt. Fry.
"They could take it to a pawn shop. They could take it to a jeweller and have it melted down and made into something else, there are many different ways they could get rid of that," he said.
(With inputs from agencies.)