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Authorities urge homeowners whose houses are on the market to protect their valuables, as investigators continue to look for clues in a series of thefts from several homes for sale on Hilton Head Island.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of jewelry from homes for sale on Wedgefield Drive, Colonial Drive, Knollwood Drive, Oyster Bay Place and Sea Robin Court between April and late June, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. The exact dates of the thefts and the value of the stolen jewelry were unavailable Thursday.
McIntosh said investigators do not have enough evidence to link a suspect to the stolen jewelry, none of which has been recovered.Investigators said the jewelry was taken from "concealed locations," and the thief probably had ample time to search for the items without fear of being caught.
McIntosh said investigators have contacted jewelers and pawn shops in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to try to find the missing items.
Though no other recent thefts have been linked to the case, McIntosh said, prospective sellers should still secure their jewelry and other valuables before putting their homes on the market or allowing potential buyers to tour their homes.
"The best recommendation is that homeowners remove items of value, such as jewelry, from their home before showing, (and) keeping these things secured at another location, such as a safe deposit box," she said.
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