‘Morally bank­rupt’ Thieves take priceless fam­ily ring from home

Gloucestershire Echo - - CITIZEN - By ZASHA WHITEWAY-WILKIN­SON

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

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