Brit Cops Hunt Burka-Clad Robbery Gang
Ax-wielding male thieves made off with cash, jewelry
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 6:39 AM CDT
Egyptian women wearing the niqab chat at the bank of the Nile River in Cairo. British cops say male robbers have donned similar garb to hide their identities.   (AP Photo/Mohamed al Sehety)

(Newser) – British police are investigating three robberies in which men covered in burkas stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry. In separate incidents, the men burst into travel agency and jeweler shops, threatening employees with a knife, a gun, and even an ax, reports the Independent. The crimes took place in different cities northwest of London, but police believe that the same gang may be at work: "The pattern the offenders have followed is strikingly similar," said one investigator.