Woman’s plea for re­turn of trea­sures

Mother, 62, dev­as­tated af­ter thief steals 55 years of mem­o­ries:

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AS CATO Davis sat ad­mir­ing a photo of her late mother’s cher­ished ring, her heart broke.

The 18-carat gold amethyst ring was all Mrs Davis had left from her mother. The pre­cious ring, along with a list of sen­ti­men­tal pieces of jew­ellery, was stolen from her Redridge prop­erty last week.

Mrs Davis and her hus­band Peter were away vis­it­ing Peter’s ter­mi­nally ill fa­ther in Bris­bane when they re­turned to dis­cover their home had been ran­sacked.

The 62-year-old self-con­fessed pas­sion­ate jew­ellery col­lec­tor claims she has lost well over 50 pieces of jew­ellery worth up to $30,000.

While Mrs Davis was dev­as­tated by the loss of her pos­ses­sions, which she says re­flect about 55 years of mem­o­ries, it was the loss of her mother’s ring that hurt the most.

The un­usual piece was orig­i­nally a gift from her fa­ther to her mother upon mi­grat­ing to Hol­land.

“It’s al­ways been a spe­cial ring for me be­cause mum died quite young,” Mrs Davis said. “To me it’s price­less. No amount of money would re­place that.”

Mrs Davis didn’t hold much hope of ever re­cov­er­ing the sen­ti­men­tal ring, but she re­ceived a phone call from po­lice ear­lier this week with good news – her ring had been found.

“I didn’t know whether I’d ever get over this. Get­ting that ring back is just amaz­ing,” Mrs Davis said.

With her pre­cious ring now safely back in her pos­ses­sion, Mrs Davis is fo­cused on re­cov­er­ing other pieces of jew­ellery from her ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion. She is des­per­ate to get her hands on a sil­ver bracelet that was given to her when she was just seven years old.

“My grand­fa­ther gave me that when we left Hol­land in 1958. That was the last time I ever saw him.

“The sil­ver bracelet is made up of a se­ries of half-inch squares with Dutch themes – win­dows and peo­ple with clogs on and a par­tic­u­lar his­tor­i­cal bridge.”

Bund­aberg Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Joe Hil­dred said Bund­aberg de­tec­tives were work­ing closely with Childers Po­lice in re­la­tion to the mat­ter.

Det Snr Sgt Hil­dred urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact lo­cal po­lice or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

STOLEN MEM­O­RIES: Cato and Peter Davis sift through the mess thieves left be­hind at their Redridge home.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

The ring that was stolen from Cato Davis.

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