CALLOUS thieves left a woman heartbroken after stealing pictures of two relatives who had recently died during a burglary.
Two men broke into the home of a 39-year-old woman in Leigh and walked into the living room where they found her asleep on the settee.
She woke up when they walked into the house on Little Pasture and shouted at them to get out but one of the offenders stole her mobile phone.
After the two men had left the woman realised a small moneybox tin, containing pictures of her dad and auntie who had both recently died, had gone.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have now released a description of the box and are asking residents to contact officers if they think they spot it.
Police Constable Jimmy Mitchell, based at Leigh police station, said: “The woman was asleep and the last thing she expected was to be awoken by these men in her home.
“Obviously she was shocked and frightened as she did not know what would happen to her.
“When they left she searched the house to see if anything had been taken and realised that the moneybox had been stolen.
“She has been left devastated due to the sentimental photos that were inside.
“I would ask anyone who may have come across the box, which is around nine by five inches and a maroon colour, to contact police. She is desperate to be reunited with these photographs.”
Police have now launched an investigation into the burglary, which took place at around 1.40am on Tuesday November 12, and are appealing for information to help bring the pair responsible for stealing the sentimental items to justice.
One of the offenders is described as being white, around six foot tall and in his 40s with a slim build and a moustache. He wore dark clothing and a cap. There is no description of the second offender.
Anyone with information should ring GMP on 0161 856 7225 or call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.