Image released of necklace stolen from a widow's home

PUBLISHED: 11:56 11 April 2019

A necklace peal stolen in the burglary in Easton-in-Gordano   Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A necklace peal stolen in the burglary in Easton-in-Gordano Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police have released an image of a necklace stolen from a widow's home.

The 75-year-old victim discovered her house, in Easton-in-Gordano, had been broken into and ransacked after returning home from hospital following the death of her husband.

Jewellery of significant sentimental value had been stolen including her husband’s wedding ring, beads she had worn to her daughter’s wedding, and a ruby ring which had been left to her by her grandmother.

The burglar forced entry into the house on Fernlea Gardens, Easton-in-Gordano, sometime between March 29–31.

The victim’s daughter, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “She had rung me on Mother’s Day in the morning to say my father had passed away. I decided to go round because I didn’t want her to go back to an empty home.

“I got there about 10 minutes before mum did, and discovered it had been burgled, so at least I was there to soften the blow.

“It’s not just the things which have been stolen though. She’s been staying with me for the past week because she can’t face going back there.”

Detective Constable Jon Hooper said: “We’re doing everything we can to catch the person responsible for this crime which quite understandably has had quite an impact on the victim and her family.

“We’ve carried out a number of enquiries and as a result of those we’re keen to speak to anyone who saw a person dressed in grey in the area on the afternoon of March 30.

“We’re also keen to hear from anyone who has been offered jewellery for sale or who recognises the necklace in the image recently.

“If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219069329.”

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form.

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