Burglars make off with $78k in jewelry from North Naples homes

Burglars make off with $78k in jewelry from North Naples homes


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— Collier County sheriff’s detectives are investigating at least nine burglaries that occurred Wednesday in North Naples.

All of the burglaries happened during the daytime, and the majority of the homes were accessed by breaking rear sliding glass doors or windows, according to incident reports.

Seven of the burglaries occurred north of Immokalee Road on Westwood Drive, Madison Drive, Erie Drive, Mentor Drive and Johnnycake Drive. Although two other burglaries on 107th Avenue North and Gordonia Road had similar M.O.s, it was unclear from reports if they were related.

In at least two of the break-ins, burglars bypassed electronics like laptops, TVs and iPads, going for jewelry instead. More than $78,000 worth of jewelry, cash and firearms were stolen from the nine homes, deputies reported.

Among the jewelry stolen was a $10,000 diamond necklace, a $15,000 diamond and sapphire ring, two class rings, two Rolex watches and three wedding rings, reports indicated.

Deputies are trying to track down serial numbers for the five stolen guns, according to incident reports.

Detectives believe the burglars are part of an organized group that is not local, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.

“We’ve been seeing similar burglaries over the past year across the state,” she said.

Batten also noted that several of the burglaries happened close to Interstate 75, providing criminals with easy access.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

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