DETECTIVES are hunting thieves who broke into a luxury Johnstone home and stole a haul of expensive jewellery.

It is suspected the incident, which happened in Overton Crescent, may be linked to others across the central belt where Asian families have been targeted.

Crooks got into the house on Thursday, between 7pm and 9pm, before fleeing with thousands of pounds worth of trinkets.

No-one was in the house at the time of the burglary but a 46-year-old woman returned home later to find the items gone.

Detective Inspector Scott McCallum, from Paisley CID, said the house may have been surveyed beforehand.

He added: “We are considering it may be linked to other incidents around the central belt.

“It’s well-known individuals have been targeting ethic minorities because it is common for them to keep lots of valuables, particularly before special occasions such as weddings.

“It is well-known among the Asian community this is going on. I would ask them not to advertise it if they are preparing for a special occasion.”

Neighbours said they were concerned, particularly after hearing about other similar cases in Renfrewshire.

Last month, a 58-year-old man was forced to hide in his bathroom after a gang of thugs raided his Elderslie home and stole jewellery.

Linwood woman Claire Brown, 27, who was visiting her gran in Overton Crescent, said: “This type of thing is not unheard of around here. My gran was targeted a few years ago.

“It doesn’t feel great she is living here with this going on.”

Anyone with information should call 101.