‘Morally bankrupt’ Thieves take priceless family ring from home
AWOMAN has spoken of her anguish after a priceless engagement ring owned by her grandmother was stolen from her family home.
Susannah Morgan called the burglars “morally bankrupt” after they raided her home and stole the sentimental heirloom and her own engagement ring, which were kept safely hidden in a jewellery box.
She said the effect of the burglary on her family has been devastating ever since it happened on April 9.
Susannah of Charlton Kings told how she and her husband had told her children that ‘there was a storm’ which had caused the damage to the house, so as not to upset them.
Susannah said: “Anyone who experiences a burglary will be able to describe the feelings of violations and anger, at the thought of strangers rummaging through personal belongings and invading privacy in such a way.”
She went on to say that with “two small children in the house”, the family ‘felt a threat’ to their safety and happiness.
“Naturally it’s very distressing but it
also leaves you feeling vulnerable in your own home, which is the exact opposite of how a family home should feel,” she said.
“With two small children in the house, I have felt that threat to our safety, security and happiness all the more. It is an unforgivable shadow burglars leave behind which they will never know about and no insurance claim can compensate for.”
It wasn’t just the monetary value of the items lost, but the sentimental value of some of the things taken which the mum said hurt the most.
Susannah said: “The thing with engagement rings is the significant sentimental value they hold. It’s about what they represent.
“My grandfather carefully chose a ring, and 80 years ago proposed to the love of his life.
“The ring passed to my mum, and she passed it to me, and now some morally bankrupt stranger has smashed his way into my house and pocketed it, without the first clue what it is or what it represents.”
The rings stolen are described as - a solitaire one carat diamond in a four prong setting, with squared edging.
As well as a ‘delicate 1930s style platinum band with three small diamonds in a straight setting they were kept together in a square, navy blue, leather ring box with a gold edging.
Susannah and her family plan to enquire in pawn shops to see if anything has been sold, as well as ‘scouring local hedgerows with a metal detector.’
If you have any information on the stolen items you can call Gloucestershire police on 101, referencing crime number 423 of April 9, 2019.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. zasha.whitewaywilkin[email protected]plc.com
The ring that was stolen from Susannah Morgan’s house in Charlton Kings