Thieves broke in through this door of Patty Burgess’s Rockhampton home and stole all her sentimental jewellery including some of her late grandmother’s.
Thieves broke in through this door of Patty Burgess’s Rockhampton home and stole all her sentimental jewellery including some of her late grandmother’s. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Thieves select antique jewellery

A ROCKHAMPTON couple is offering a reward for anyone who has information leading to the return of a several items of stolen sentimental jewellery.

Brazen thieves broke into Patty and Jim Burgess’s Ward Street house on the weekend of November 14 and stole Patty’s treasures as well as helping themselves to a couple of stubbies.

Patty said the culprits were very selective taking with them three rings, two that were her late grandmother’s and one that was her mother’s.

They also stole two rings her husband gave her, a couple of gold chains, a gold charm, and a pearl pendent on a chain as well as three fob watches.

One of the watches was a man’s bushman’s and there was also a watch stolen that Patty’s grandmother got for her 21st birthday.

“It was in a silver case engraved with her name, birthday and address. It was 100 years old,” Patty said.

Patty’s nurse’s watch was also taken and a silver charm bracelet with great sentimental value.

“It was special to me because it had a collection of charms from our overseas travels and we can’t afford to go travelling again.”

Patty said when she and her husband got home from a weekend away, their front veranda gate was damaged and the remainder of her jewellery was strewn over the bed.

“They picked out the antiques that can’t be replaced.”

Patty said the loss of her special things really hit hard.

“I didn’t realised that my grandmother’s watch was gone until the next day.”

Patty and Jim have installed a high-tech security system since the attack.

Anyone with information that might help police solve the crime should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton police.



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