Brazen thieves steal valu­able jew­ellery

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

A Wah­gun­yah woman said she felt sick to her stom­ach af­ter thieves stole thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of jew­ellery from her home in broad day­light, in­clud­ing many pieces that are ir­re­place­able.

Among the items are Kate Thorn­ton’s wed­ding and en­gage­ment ring, her late mother’s ruby ring and her late fa­ther-in-law’s one-ofa-kind fob watch which was handed down to her hus­band.

“It’s shock­ing and I feel sick to the stom­ach,” she told the Free Press.

“You just don’t know who has been in your house and it’s an aw­ful feel­ing.”

Mrs Thorn­ton re­turned to her Den­ni­son Street home on the af­ter­noon of Tues­day, Au­gust 29 to find her front door wide open.

She went inside briefly and then had to go back out to the car and it wasn’t un­til this mo­ment that she no­ticed the whole bar­rel of her door was miss­ing.

“As I was walk­ing back out of the house I looked up and saw the door was smashed, I didn’t no­tice it as first as the door was opened in,” she said.

“There was also a cup­board door open and things were out of place.

“I freaked out and got out of my house and I was too scared to go back in as I didn’t know if there was still some­one inside.”

Af­ter po­lice ar­rived Mrs Thorn­ton learned the thieves had been into her bed­room and had stolen more than 20 items of valu­able jew­ellery.

“There’s about 21 items gone that I know of,” she said.

“There’s also a lot of jew­ellery in a cup­board that I don’t even know what’s miss­ing yet, I am still go­ing through it.”

Mrs Thorn­ton was only gone for two hours while she trav­elled to Al­bury to clean her sis­ter’s house and that’s why she was not wear­ing her jew­ellery.

Mrs Thorn­ton, who was still in shock, said the most up­set­ting part was that her late mother’s ruby ring was now gone.

“That’s the one that up­sets me the most as she left it to me,” she said.

“She used to wear it all the time and we have the same size fin­ger.

“I will never be able to re­place that, even

An­other pho­to­graph of the stolen fob watch that was cus­tom-made and orig­i­nally be­longed to Kate Thorn­ton’s fa­ther-in-law.

Thieves stole this unique fob watch that fea­tures a lit­tle horse­shoe, stir­rup and a rid­ing crop hang­ing off the chain.

A pho­to­graph of a gold ban­gle that was stolen in broad day­light from Kate Thorn­ton’s house in Den­ni­son Street, Wah­gun­yah.

A pho­to­graph of Kate Thorn­ton’s ruby ring that once be­longed to her late mother.

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