Heartless tricksters steal couple’s jewellery

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Police are hoping an appeal for information following a burglary at the home of an elderly couple near Rugby will result in the return of precious family jewellery.

A woman and her husband were in the garden of their home in Brandon at around 6.20pm on Friday June 21. A man stopped at the gate and asked if he could search the garden as he was looking for a lost dog.

The woman, who is aged 79-years-old, allowed the man to enter the garden, but accompanied the stranger all the time he was on her property. Her husband was standing beside the house.

The stranger failed to locate the missing dog and left the property. It was only later on that day when the woman’s husband went into the bedroom that they realised they had been burgled and precious sentimental jewellery had been taken.

It is believed the man who claimed to be looking for the dog had an accomplice who entered the house without being seen and stole the jewellery while the man outside distracted the couple.

The items stolen include a gold locket, containing a black and white photograph of the woman’s husband and a colour photograph of her grandson. The locket was on a long thick gold chain, with links similar to those often seen on watch chains, but longer.

An engagement ring on a yellow gold band featuring five diamonds set in a row and of decreasing size from the central diamond, together with a plain gold wedding band and a third gold ring set with a brown stone were also taken.

Detective Constable Heidi Twynham, who is leading the investigation into the burglary said, “The burglars have stolen personal jewellery which is of huge sentimental value to the couple. The wedding ring, engagement ring and a ring given to her by an aunt, plus the locket are all the jewellery she owned. She has had them for nearly 60 years. Being victims of these heartless confidence tricksters has left the couple deeply shaken and upset and I appeal to anyone who may be able to help to trace these stolen pieces of jewellery.”

Anyone who has been offered this set of jewellery is asked to contact DC Heidi Twynham in the Local Investigation Team at Rugby Police Station on 01788 856134 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.

The man who pretended to be looking for the dog is described as being white, aged approximately 18 years old and 5ft 5ins tall. He had a thin face and was wearing a “tea cosy” style dark coloured hat, which was pulled down over his ears.