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Bromsgrove police appeal to public to help find elderly couples wedding rings

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a burglary in December (Thursday 13 December) in which family jewellery was stolen.

Between 11am and 3pm it is reported that perpetrator unknown has entered the house in Santridge Lane, Bromsgrove of an elderly couple whilst they were sleeping.

It's reported that various items of wedding jewellery were taken including a 22 carat solitaire engagement ring, a white gold eternity ring set with seven diamonds and a wedding band.

The victims were not injured.

Investigating officer, PC Stacey Hegenbarth, said: "This has understandably been a traumatic experience for the victims. The jewellery holds high sentimental value and we are seeking the public's help to reunite the jewellery to the couple and trace those responsible."

"The wedding jewellery is very valuable, and may have been sold on locally. We are appealing for any information relating to the rings whereabouts, if local residents have been offered jewellery for sale in unusual circumstances as well as if anyone witnessed any suspicious behaviour in Santridge Lane, Bromsgrove on Thursday 13 December, if you have any information, no matter how small, please get in touch. "

"In the meantime our officers will continue to work in local communities where family gold is targeted and offer crime prevention advice to those who might fall victim to this type of crime."

Anyone with information is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 0239ss of 17 December 2018. Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via the website. 

West Mercia Police offers the following security advice:

•    Keep the jewellery in a safe place and locked up if possible. Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. See www.securedbydesign.com for police approved safes.

•    Ensure that the jewellery is insured.

•    Consider storing high value items elsewhere such as in a bank deposit box; contact your bank for details.

•    Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item.

•    Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with the ruler next to them to give an idea of size.

•    Consider registering your jewellery with a registration company.

•    Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home looks occupied, use burglary alarms and install security lights on the outside of your property.

Issued: 09.30am, Friday 11 January, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 11/01/19