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Posted at 9:11 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Charges dropped in gold thefts

By Erica Johnston

WJLA-TV. Channel 7, is reporting that a group of Fairfax County families says the justice system failed them after charges were dropped against suspects in a series of burglaries.

In November, three suspects were arrested after millions of dollars of religious jewelry was stolen from homes in Fairfax County. This week, the charges were dropped, WJLA said.

Police suspect the burglars hit 26 homes in Fairfax and three more in Loudoun County since last January. Each time, the invaders disdained silver, gems and electronics, taking only gold jewelry, saris with gold threads and gold statues.

The victims were almost all South Asian and have said that their families traditionally pass 22-karat gold from generation to generation.

By Erica Johnston  | January 21, 2010; 9:11 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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