An elderly woman’s home has been targeted by burglars while she was ill in hospital.
The woman, who is in her 80s, was taken ill at her home in Osmaston Close, Long Eaton, in the early hours of Friday, November 20, and went to hospital for treatment.
Her family later discovered that a burglar had removed the kitchen window and frame, causing considerable damage to the surrounding brickwork, in order to break in.
Investigating officer DC Julie Proctor said: “This is a particularly despicable burglary where jewellery of great sentimental value has been stolen.
“The victim lost her husband a few years ago and the burglar has taken everything he had given to her as gifts over the years.
“I would ask anyone with information, or anyone who can help us to trace these stolen items, to get in touch.”
The burglary happened sometime between 3am on Friday, November 20 and noon the following day.
The thief took a large amount of jewellery, which had been bought for the victim by her late husband. This includes a sovereign on gold chain, large gold cross on a gold chain, a green Wedgwood brooch, ruby ring and a bracelet featuring old silver threepenny coins.
Real pearls in a red box were also taken alongside a black Wedgwood ring and oval shaped cameo brooch.
The victim’s handbag, cards and will were also stolen.
Anyone with information should call DC Proctor on 101, quoting crime reference number 50500/15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.