Brazen Burglaries Spark Fear in Indian Community

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of break-ins across the county, in which a high value of jewelry was taken.

In one case, a victim came home to find a burglar in his house, confirmed in a police report filed with the sheriff’s department. The report states the suspect pointed a gun in his face and demanded to know where his family’s safe was located. The victim said he was tied up with belts. He was unable to tell the suspect how to open the safe, so the suspect took the whole thing. It contained important paperwork and $100,000 worth of jewelry. The victim remembered two African-Americans, dressed in Indian clothing, coming to his door in the days prior, and told deputies that Indians are often targeted because of the gold they keep in their houses.

Bhavna Vasudeva is friends with the victim.

“In India, as in other parts of the world, gold is used as a means to celebrate, commemorate occasions, to save money; also currency is not stable in all different regions, and people feel like if they have gold, it’s something tangible they can hang on to,” Vasudeva said.

Vasudeva wrote about the robbery on a closed Facebook group, and discovered that two other Indian families had experienced robberies of jewelry in the two days before her friend.

“You don’t want people to panic, she said, “but when it starts becoming three instances, you want people to be aware.”

Other Indian-Americans reported similar people knocking on their door. Vasudeva says, she’s worried her community is being targeted. If you notice something suspicious, please contact law enforcement.