Designer handbags and a Rolex watch were among valuables stolen in burglaries from two houses in the same street.

The burglaries occurred on Oakwood Road in Bricket Wood.

The first break-in took place on December 7 between 6pm and 9pm. A large quantity of Asian gold was stolen after the thief or thieves was able to get into to the house by forcing open a back kitchen window.

Jewellery, designer handbags, and a Rolex watch were stolen from a second house on Wednesday December 20. The incident could have happened any time between 8am and 7.40pm. This time, a patio door was smashed.

Police are linking the two burglaries, and they believe information about a silver Audi car which was seen in the area during both incidents could help with their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the St Albans Local Crime Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference F3/17/2705. You can also email Detective Constable Paul Edmomdson on or report information online here.