POLICE have released pictures of jewellery stolen during a burglary in Wigan in a bid to trace a wedding ring which had been in the victim’s family for three generations.
At around 5.30pm on Saturday an unknown number of offenders approached the victim’s house on Longbrook in Shevington via a public footpath in Elnup Woods, before scaling the garden fence and climbing on to the roof of the conservatory.
From there, the offenders entered the house via a first floor window and began to ransack the address, stealing 12 commemorative coins, two gold necklaces, a gold Egyptian-style pendant and a gold wedding ring, altogether worth more than £2000.
The offenders then fled via the same window.
Constable Steve Aspinall said: “While the jewellery is valuable in its own right, it is the sentimental value of these items which makes the victim so desperate to have them returned.
“All of the stolen items belonged to the victim’s parents, who have now sadly passed away.
While the jewellery is valuable in its own right, it is the sentimental value of these items which makes the victim so desperate to have them returned.Constable Steve Aspinall
“The wedding ring in particular is of tremendous sentimental value, having been passed down through the family for three generations.
“Fortunately this jewellery is quite distinctive, especially the Egyptian-style pendant, so I am hopeful that members of the public and pawnbrokers would recognise it if they came across it, or were offered it for sale.
“I would ask that anyone who believes they have seen, or been offered, jewellery similar to those in the pictures will contact police and help us reunite the victim with her parents’ treasured possessions.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.