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Burglars raid widowers house for late wife's jewellery
3:50pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
Burglars broke into a widowers house and stole his late wife's jewellery.
The 61-year-old was recently widowed and police have described the thefts at a "particularly cruel blow."
The thieves forced their way into his home in Wavendon Avenue, Barton on Sea, over the weekend and made an "untidy search" of the premises.
Items taken include a smoky quartz heart pendant on a gold chain, a small gold-framed picture with a lock of hair in the back, a flower-shaped yellow gold opal brooch, a yellow gold fire opal and diamond ring, a short string of fresh water pearls and a little-worn man’s Galaxy watch with a leather strap.
Also taken were seven women’s rings, including three gold wedding bands, one with a hashed pattern; a gold solitaire diamond engagement ring and a gold diamond and sapphire eternity ring.
Men’s rings included a gold wedding band, a gold tiger’s eye ring and a gold signet ring, engraved with the letters GS.
Police Staff Investigator Gerald Larcombe appealed for information from the public.
“This crime was a particularly cruel blow to a man who was bereaved very recently. Many of the stolen items belonged to his late wife and are of particular sentimental value.
“We would encourage anyone with information about the burglary or anyone who is offered jewellery similar to the stolen items to contact police immediately,” he said.
Police would also like to hear from a woman who was seen between 8 and 9pm Wednesday to Friday, February 6 – 8 in the Wavendon Avenue area. She was looking at houses and writing in a notebook.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lyndhurst CID on 101or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.