A family who were burgled by callous thieves whilst visiting a sick relative in hospital are appealing to members of the public for their help in finding their jewellery.
The family home was empty at the time of the burglary as the victim’s husband was in hospital in the final stages of cancer and she was sleeping at the hospital to be with him.
Offenders broke into the house by forcing entry through a back door before going upstairs, moving a hospital bed and medical equipment to empty cupboards and wardrobes to steal a large collection of expensive items of jewellery.
The burglary took place at a property in Hithermoor Road, Stanwell Moor between 4.30pm on Monday, 14 October and 10.45am on Tuesday, 15 October.
Although a police appeal was done at the time, the family are making a public appeal now as they didn’t want their sick husband and father to find out about the burglary and worry. Sadly, he has recently died and the family now feel they need to do everything they can to help recover his belongings.
In total, forty-eight items worth thousands of pounds were stolen and included a wedding ring, an 18ct gold gentleman’s Omega watch, a small gold watch with a mother of pearl face (1950’s style), a princess cut diamond ring – 18ct white gold with three princess cut diamonds on either side, a selection of diamond, emerald and sapphire earrings and necklaces, and a gold charm bracelet.
The heartless perpetrators also stole a charity collection box from the home.
Joanne Wilson, the victim’s daughter said: “All of my father’s jewellery was taken which means that my mother cannot now take comfort from it in her grieving. What is worse is that it was probably the least expensive items which had the greatest sentimental value to my mother.”
“The other very important thing that they stole was the Sam Beare Hospice charity box which had around £300 from our fund-raising efforts over the last year; my mother had been baking biscuits and selling them at fund-raisers and in the local community. We couldn’t believe that the burglars would stoop so low to steal it.
“As we really didn’t want the charity that took such great care of my Dad to miss out on getting the donation we decided to organise a charity event for the Sam Beare Hospice.
“Twenty-three friends and family ran Eton Dorney Glow in the Park on Saturday, 14 December – My mum came along to support us all, which was very brave as it’s only a couple of weeks since Dad died as she got very emotional about how many people came out to help raise money to replace what was lost.
“I am really pleased to say that so far we have raised £2500 for Sam Beare Hospice, which is amazing and a lot more than what was stolen – it is nice to know that some good has come out of such a horrible experience.”
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Suzy Marten said: “This was an extremely distressing ordeal for the family to go through at what was already a very difficult time. As the victim’s husband has now sadly passed away we are keen to get as much information as possible and return the jewellery back to its rightful owner as it is irreplaceable and holds great sentimental value.
“I urge anyone who has any information about this burglary or who may know the whereabouts of these distinctive items to do the right thing and call us so we can progress the investigation and bring offenders to justice. Equally, I would like to hear from anyone in the jewellery trade who might have been offered items for sale recently.”
Anyone with any information about the incident or stolen items should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference SL/13/6761, or alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you wish to support the family’s fundraising please visit https://www.justgiving.com/glowinthepark