Precious family heirlooms have been stolen from an address in Milngavie while the owners were on holiday.

The house on Dunellan Road is the latest to be targeted by thieves looking for high value gold jewellery from Asian households.

Thieves ransacked the address while its owners, who are in their 70s, were on holiday visiting family between December 9 and 13.

A six-figure sum of jewellery, including precious family heirlooms and bespoke pieces that have been in the family for generations, were stolen.

Constable Kieran Bradshaw, Govan Community Investigations Unit, said: “The housebreaking and the theft has been devastating for the couple who are in 70s.

"They had been away on holiday visiting family and came back to find the house had been ransacked and the jewellery, which had been in their family for generations, stolen.

“Dunellan Road, Milngavie, is a cul-de-sac and there would be no reason for a vehicle to be in the area unless it belonged to a family or friend or maybe a delivery, so I would appeal to householders there to see if they remember a vehicle being there or coming in and out either prior to the housebreaking, maybe in the days prior, or at the house between the 9 and the 13 December, that seemed out of place or suspicious.

“There have been a number of similar crimes at homes throughout the Glasgow area, for which are following a number of lines of enquiry, and we believe this break-in is linked to those.

“However, we would appeal to anyone who has information that will assist officers with their investigations to contact the Community Investigations Unit at Govan Police Station via 101. Please quote reference number 3793/13/12/17 when calling.

“Details can also be given in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”