Sneak thief swipes family’s heirloom jewellery

A Seiko watch like the one stolen, which had a brown leather strap.
A Seiko watch like the one stolen, which had a brown leather strap.

POLICE are appealing for information after a sneak thief broke into a pensioner’s home and stole more than £3,000 worth of family jewellery.

The thief took several antique watches, plus gold and silver jewellery, from a home on Fitzwilliam Street, at Wath, between 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 30 and 3pm on Sunday, April 3.

Among the items taken were a gold signet style ring with the initials “F” and “S” intertwined – belonging to the 66-year-old victim’s grandfather – along with two gold sapphire and diamond rings.

A gent’s gold-rimmed Seiko watch with three dials and a brown leather strap was also stolen – as was an antique gent’s watch with a rectangular, pale gold face and gold surround which belonged to the victim’s deceased father.

Police investigators believe the thief used a distinctive “bright” turquoise pillowcase, taken from the victim’s house, to carry off the stolen goods.

They are asking anyone with information about the burglary – or who has seen the pillowcase – to call 01142 202020, quoting reference: C/32107/2011.