Sunderland OAP's distress as sentimental jewellery stolen in burglary

Sentimental jewellery and private papers have been stolen from a safe during a burglary at a Sunderland pensioner’s home.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 12:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:00 pm
Detectives have launched an investigation into the burglary of a pensioner’s home in Sunderland. Picture: Google Maps

On Monday, November 18 a property in Lime Street, Sunderland, was broken into and the items stolen in what Northumbria Police called an ‘appalling crime’.

A key safe was removed off the wall of the property before the thieves forced themselves inside the residence.

Northumbria Police said a ‘cynical’ search for valuables was carried out and a personal safe containing sentimental jewellery and private papers was stolen.

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An investigation has been launched into the burglary and officers are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen something suspicious in the area.

Detective Constable Michael Boyd, of Northumbria Police’s Southern Burglary Team, said: “This was an appalling crime that has caused a huge amount of upset and distress to the elderly victim and their family.

“A number of sentimental items that have been in the family for generations were inside the safe that was taken, and the occupants are understandably devastated at the prospect of never seeing those personal possessions again.

“We are carrying out a number of enquiries into this incident, but would now ask anyone who lives in that area that may have seen something suspicious at any point on Monday morning to get in touch. Your information could be the key to reuniting these items with the owner.”

If you have any information call 101 quoting reference 649 181119.