A HEARTBROKEN pensioner is appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of sentimental jewellery was stolen from her home on Friday.
Brenda Matthews, 73, realised the items, some of which were family heirlooms, were gone as she was getting ready for bed on July 1.
She said: “The items were worth a lot of money but to me they were irreplaceable.
“The money isn’t what I’m upset about, they were special, sentimental, heirlooms, all things I could never get again.”
Two gold charm bracelets each valued at around £1,000 in 2007, a gold necklace, gold cufflinks given to Mrs Matthews’ father by her mother as a wedding present, and other items were taken from a jewellery box in the pensioner’s bedroom.
Mrs Matthews said: “When I last had the items valued, all together they were worth about £3,000 but that was a few years ago and the price of gold has gone up a lot since then.
“Someone will be trying to get them sold for the money if they’ve not managed to already.”
Police believe the thief went into Mrs Matthew’s East Street home through a door that was left unlocked by her son, who has learning difficulties, some time between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Mrs Matthews said: “I’m just devastated about it.
“When I realised they were gone I felt horrible, sick.
“I don’t hold out much hope of ever seeing them again but I just thought whoever’s got my things might read this and see the pain they’ve caused and do the right thing and give it all back.”
Since the theft, Mrs Matthews has visited all of Ilkeston’s jewellers and gold recycling centres showing them photographs to see if anyone has been offered the items.
Anyone with any information should call police on 0345 1233333 or freephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.