Gold mine for thieves
The rising price of gold is making jewellery an increasingly popular target for thieves.
It’s a trend Gloria Asplin has experienced first hand.
The Greenlane resident had two rings taken from her dressing table when a thief climbed in through the bedroom window while she was in the house on March 14.
Normally they would be kept in a safe, but Mrs Asplin had friends coming over and knew she would be at home so she left them out.
They were stolen between 7pm and 10.30pm.
“We didn’t hear a thing,” she says.
One was a diamond ring bought in Hong Kong and the other was a family heirloom recently given to her by her mother.
She says she can live without the diamond ring, but is devastated by the loss of her mother’s jewellery.
“Claiming insurance is not going to get back what you’ve lost. It’s my mother’s ring I’m upset about. I’ll never get another one.”
Thankfully Mrs Asplin had a home video with her mother wearing the ring so she was able to provide a picture of it to police.
It was made from a button that her mother was given as a child and it turned out to be set in gold, so she had it made into a ring.
It features a red dome-shaped stone in yellow gold.
“I was just so proud to have it. People who steal these things don’t understand. It’s just so sick really.”
Mrs Asplin says she would be happy to buy her rings back if she could find them.
Mt Wellington senior sergeant Brett Hjorth there has been an increase in burglaries in the past 18 months, with the Indian com- munity being targeted for its 24 carat gold jewellery.
He says it’s hard to gauge how much jewellery is being taken because not all incidents are reported to police.
“Some we know about are vast in terms of dollar value.”
He says cases like Mrs Asplin’s are opportunistic crimes.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who has had jewellery stolen, especially distinctive pieces that can be identified.
Easy target: Gloria Asplin had her rings stolen from her bedroom.