Jewellery thieves hit widow’s home
16:29 20 July 2012
The police are warning the elderly to safeguard their homes after jewellery was stolen from properties in Exmouth and Sidmouth
An elderly widow was left heartbroken when she returned from holiday to find crooks had raided her home and taken her late husband’s belongings – including an irreplaceable wedding anniversary keepsake.
The cruel crime was one of three burglaries that took place in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, and Sidmouth in the last fortnight.
A huge haul of jewellery was taken from properties in The Avenues area of Exmouth and in the east of Sidmouth.
Police won’t reveal the exact locations of the targeted homes to protect the victims – who do not wish to be identified.
Officers are warning homeowners to protect their homes from burglars when going away.
PC Sarah Henley said nothing was taken from the home in Budleigh.
She said: “The Sidmouth and Exmouth crimes both saw a large quantity of jewellery taken, and some is of significant sentimental value.
“Specifically, one of the items taken was a set of six silver coffee spoons engraved with Indian icons on the handle.
“This was a silver wedding anniversary present made for the victim by an Indian friend, and so is unique.
“The couple were married for more than 60 years and she is recently bereaved so is very disheartened that these have been taken, along with items belonging to her late husband.
“What these burglaries all have in common is that the occupants are all elderly and have all been away on holiday this past week and have come home to discover these crimes.”
PC Henley warned members of the public planning to go on holiday: “Take precautions while leaving your property unattended and also to ascertain if there have been any unusual doorstep callers to these areas or anyone unusual hanging around or that these items have turned up somewhere.”