Drop off dad’s war medals


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A DIS­TRAUGHT daugh­ter is ap­peal­ing for the thieves who stole her fa­ther’s World War II medals to re­turn the price­less fam­ily items.

Heart­less rob­bers broke into the home of Lor­raine Roberts on Kenny Ave, St Marys, be­tween 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

Items were stolen dur­ing the rob­bery in­clud­ing cash and jew­ellery.

How­ever, the only things Mrs Roberts wants back are the four WWII ser­vice medals, which were pre­sented to her fa­ther Wil­liam Roberts, which are ir­re­place­able.

She said she was hop­ing to pass them on to her grand­son one day.

“My fa­ther served dur­ing World War II and passed away 10 years ago. This is why the medals are so spe­cial to me. I wanted to pass them onto my grand­son,” Mrs Roberts said.

“Th­ese medals mean noth­ing to any­one else. Peo­ple for­get that a man has gone to war and made a lot of sac­ri­fices to get th­ese (medals).”

Mr Roberts served in the Aus­tralian Army be­tween 1943 and 1946 and was pre­sented the medals as a re­sult of his ser­vice.

The miss­ing medals are the 1939-45 Star, the Pa­cific Star, the Bri­tish war medal and an Aus­tralian ser­vice medal.

Mrs Roberts en­cour­aged the peo­ple in­volved to re­turn the medals anony­mously and no ques­tions would be asked. “Please put the medals in a box and drop them to the lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army or St Stephens Church in Pen­rith – or even just drop them on my doorstep,” she said.

“All I want is to get them back.”

As of Tues­day, the medals had not been re­turned to the Roberts fam­ily, how­ever St Marys crime man­ager Barry Vin­cent said he hoped the medals would be handed in.

“Ser­vice medals are re­turned to the po­lice at times. In this case we are hop­ing with po­lice and com­mu­nity ef­fort they will be re­turned,” De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Vin­cent said.

“I don’t know that the medals have any mone­tary value.”

Po­lice are urg­ing any­one who wit­nessed any­thing sus­pi­cious around the area at the time or who has any in­for­ma­tion to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Lor­raine Roberts is ap­peal­ing for thieves to re­turn her fa­ther’s war medals.

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