North central Bedford County residents are on alert after jewelry was stolen from two homes during daylight hours Wednesday.
Much of the less expensive jewelry was found scattered along a nearby road, investigators said.
Jewelry was reported missing from two bedrooms of a Putnam Well Road residence at mid-morning, said a report by Bedford County deputy Carl Fox.
Eleven pairs of gold loop earrings, a pair of diamond stud earrings and a gold bracelet were in a jewelry box stolen from one of the bedrooms and two rings in a second box, Fox said.
The theft occurred between 6:45-10:30 a.m., according to the victim.
A pillow case containing a portion of costume jewelry stolen from a Pinkston Road home was discovered by a woman walking along Trott Road around 10:30 a.m., said a report filed by Deputy Lindsey Puckett.
A broken jewelry box from the Putnam Well home was nearby, as if it had been thrown from a moving vehicle.
"It looks like they kept the gold and threw out everything else," Sheriff Randall Boyce said.
The Pinkston Road resident reported the theft upon arrival home around 2:30 p.m. He had been gone since 5:30 a.m., the report said.
The front screen door was kicked in and the main door was kicked off the frame, Fox said.