A mother-of-three has spoken of her “distress” after discovering a sneak-in burglar had raided her Poulton home and stolen more than £10,000 of jewellery.
The 59-year-old victim had been sat in the garden of her Little Poulton Lane home with her husband when the thief struck.
Police said the burglar entered the detached home through the unlocked back door and went straight to the main bedroom where he found a Pandora box containing jewellery inside a set of drawers.
The retired victim only realised hours later they had been burgled. She said: “I was very distressed when my jewellery was stolen.
“It was very sentimental because it was from my father, who has now passed away and other members of my family.
“Some of the items were given to me when I was born by my godmother and great aunt.”
More than 24 items of jewellery were taken including an 18ct gold, 25 stone diamond cluster ring with smaller diamonds set in claws, a gold bangle without a clasp and a diamond bracelet set with baguette diamonds in white gold.
The victim’s 68-year-old husband said: “The jewellery was given to my wife by her father on her 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays and we are never going to replace these things.
“My father-in-law died about 10 years ago and they were mementos that reminded us of him.
“When she was 16 she got half a sovereign ring and, by her own admission, it is not something she would wear now, but it was more the fact she had it and now it’s gone which is devastating.”
Detectives are trying to track down the jewellery and the family have been visiting Fylde coast jewellery shops to try and get the items back.
The victim’s husband added: “We always check the doors are locked and put the alarm on but I don’t think you should have to be that safe when you are in your own house.
“We’ve been to jewellery shops in Blackpool, Cleveleys and Poulton to try and find them and my wife keeps thinking about it.
“Some of these things can’t be replaced and have been in the family a long time.”
The burglary took place sometime between 10pm on November 11 and 12.30am on November 12.
PC Rachel Bibby from Wyre Serious Acquisitive Crime Team said: “Some of the items of stolen jewellery are worth a substantial amount of money - more than £10,000 - but all are of sentimental value having been passed down through the family.
“The family are obviously anxious to get them back.
“I would appeal to anybody that has any information about this burglary or the whereabouts of the jewellery to contact police on 101 and quote crime reference number BC1304630. or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.”