Trea­sured heir­loom jew­ellery lost in bur­glary

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Kate Fraser only left her house for about half an hour to pick her daugh­ter up from kin­der­garten.

But it was enough time for thieves to break into her Mt Al­bert house and take ev­ery­thing from heir­loom jew­ellery to her knit­ting.

‘‘They were in and out re­ally, re­ally quickly, they must have been watch­ing us,’’ she says.

Most heart­break­ing is the theft of green­stone and bone carv­ings given to Fraser as a baby, along with four gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily heir­loom wed­ding rings.

She also had some unique horse jew­ellery.

‘‘Hope­fully we might see it again but I’m not hold­ing my breath,’’ Fraser says.

The bur­glary hap­pened on July 23 be­tween 3pm and 3.30pm.

It comes a year af­ter Fraser’s house was bur­gled while she and her fam­ily were at home.

Al­co­hol and her part­ner’s car were taken.

‘‘It didn’t make me feel as bad as this one. The emo­tional at­tach­ment I have to jew­ellery is stronger than I have to bot­tles of al­co­hol,’’ she says.

Fraser spent the days af­ter the lat­est break-in clean­ing her house from top to bot­tom.

‘‘When it first hap­pened I wanted to throw stuff out.

‘‘I think these peo­ple don’t have a real job so what else have they been han­dling.’’


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