Woman’s plea for return of treasures
Mother, 62, devastated after thief steals 55 years of memories:
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.
STOLEN MEMORIES: Cato and Peter Davis sift through the mess thieves left behind at their Redridge home.
The ring that was stolen from Cato Davis.