AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after robbers fled a Cardenden home with a range of jewellery.

Police in Fife are appealing for the public's assistance after the housebreaking on Monday this week.

The homeowner returned to find the suspects in the Jamphlars Road property at around 4pm, who then left with jewellery, including a Rolex watch.

It is one of three break-ins to have taken place on Monday in Cardenden, Bathgate and Kirkcaldy, which offers believe may be linked.

The first incident happened at around 2.55pm at a property in Inch Wood Avenue, Bathgate. The suspects forced entry and stolen a range of high-value Asian gold jewellery, which includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

The second incident happened in Cardenden shortly after 4pm.

A third house was broken into on Newliston Drive in Kirkcaldy at around 6pm the same evening, however nothing was stolen.

Officers conducting inquiries into these incidents believe a black Audi A3 car with dark-tinted windows may have been used by the suspects in all three cases.

The vehicle was seen parked in Jamphlars Road between 3.50pm and 4.25pm on Monday with at least one man inside.

Detective Sergeant Lesley Duncan, from Dunfermline CID, said: “We are currently working with our colleagues in West Lothian to investigate these incidents and determine if the same people are responsible.

“The value of stolen property is not only of significant monetary value, but many sentimental items have been stolen which have understandably caused the victims a great deal of distress who are eager to have them returned.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the Audi A3 vehicle around the time of the incidents in the Bathgate, Cardenden or Kirkcaldy areas, and anyone who may have capture it on private CCTV or dash cam in these areas.

“The suspects have caused a great deal of damage to the properties they’ve entered and we’d ask any members of the public who saw any suspicious behaviour in the areas immediately prior to the incidents taking place, or who knows the whereabouts of the stolen jewellery, to contact officers immediately.”

Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident numbers 3653 (Bathgate), 2690 (Cardenden) or 4220 (Kirkcaldy), of September 2.

Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.