Winnebago authorities investigate home burglary of jewelry store owners

Winnebago County Authorities are investigating a home burglary in their county that occurred Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in the town of Algoma, just west of Oshkosh.

Police think the thieves are part of a very sophisticated, nationwide group that target Asian jewelry store owners, but rather than targeting the stores, that likely have a more sophisticated alarm system, they follow the owners home, then burglarize the home when the owners leave.

Deputies say that at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, a suspicious vehicle parked in the cul-de-sac where the home was located. After the victims left the home, the suspects disabled cameras in the home and broke into a rear door. The suspects then pried open a safe in the master bedroom and took an estimated $100,000 in cash and jewelry.

The sheriff’s office says there has been a criminal network in the U.S. targeting Asian jewelry store owners by following them home and eventually burglarizing their properties. Deputies say this is stemming back to at least 2020 in multiple incidents documented in a bulletin released by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Omaha, Nebraska. In the report, It says the suspects are sophisticated, minimizing cellphone use, and also using WiFi disabling equipment so WiFi based cameras don’t capture them on video.

In this case, Two WiFi based Ring doorbell cameras were disabled during the burglary and no video was captured.