AN elderly Cawthorne couple fell victim to thieves on Thursday evening.

The home, on St Julien’s Way, was empty when offenders smashed glass in a rear patio door to break in.

Burglars escaped with jewellery that had been handed down through several generations.

They searched the entire house before escaping with their loot.

The elderly couple who live at the house later returned to find they had fallen victim of burglars.

South Yorkshire Police launched Operation Lockdown in October to combat house burglary and vehicle crime.

So far, over 1,000 suspects have been arrested.