Hefty re­ward for heir­looms

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

A RICHARDS Bay cou­ple have lost all their house­hold and per­sonal be­long­ings, in­clud­ing prized fam­ily heir­looms and mem­o­ra­bilia, af­ter a se­ries of bur­glar­ies.

Pen­sion­ers, Billy (72) and Ruby (68) Chung of Arboretum were in Aus­tralia for a month-long visit dur­ing which their house was ap­par­ently bur­gled sev­eral times and cleaned out of all valu­ables.

Alas, last Satur­day, on the night of their re­turn, the bur­glars struck again as they slept af­ter their jour­ney.

The cou­ple had ar­rived home and un­packed new items and the gifts they pur­chased while on hol­i­day, among which were a new iphone, ipad and the wife’s sneak­ers, which had spe­cial med­i­cally-de­signed in­side sup­port.

On the list of stolen items are spe­cial fam­ily heir­looms: a 0.9 carat di­a­mond ring passed down from Ruby’s mother and a woman’s Rolex watch she re­ceived 40 years ago on her wed­ding day.

All their clothes and house­hold items, in­clud­ing a 65-inch tele­vi­sion, elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances, tools, ma­chin­ery, brand and de­signer shoes were taken.

‘We left at the end of July to Aus­tralia for our daugh­ter’s wed­ding and in the mid­dle of Au­gust our neigh­bours in­formed us our house had been bur­gled.

‘They had seen a bakkie and trailer leave our home and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice. How­ever, the crim­i­nals had taken the set of keys and re­motes that were in the house and con­tin­ued to visit the premises.

‘We have lost ev­ery­thing and only have the shoes on our feet.

‘Among the cloth­ing items there is a unique Chi­nese out­fit that has a dragon em­broi­dered on it, in a spe­cial metal case.

‘Even the bat­tery from our ve­hi­cle parked in­side the garage was stolen,’ said Chung.

‘Also, our stolen lap­top and cell­phones con­tain all our fam­ily pic­tures.

‘We are of­fer­ing a re­ward for ev­ery item that was stolen, es­pe­cially my wife’s jew­el­ery and our pre­cious mem­o­ra­bilia.’

De­spite the locks hav­ing been changed, the brazen crim­i­nals re­turned again and the cou­ple are liv­ing with a friend un­til they find a way for­ward.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Billy on 082 4947758.

House stripped in re­peated bur­glar­ies

Ruby and Billy Chung of Arboretum were left with only these pairs of shoes Conelia Harry

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