A 92-year-old widow has been left heartbroken after treasured engagement, wedding and eternity rings were stolen from her Taddington Road flat on Tuesday (May 20).
The burglar struck at about 11.30am, as she was preparing her lunch in the kitchen, and stole five rings which she had had for more than 50 years.
Detective Constable Dave Styles, of the local Priority Crime Unit, said, “This was a despicable theft.
“The sentimental value of these rings is incalculable. They were all given to the victim by her late husband, who died 26 years ago, and it has left her heartbroken.”
Police are appealing for anyone who may have noticed anything or anybody suspicious in Taddington Road on Tuesday to get in touch. They would also like to hear from any dealer, jeweller or pawnbroker who may be offered the rings.
They should phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting serial 0552 of 20/5. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111.