Can­cer-fight mum’s trea­sured rings stolen


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By HE­LEN JOHN­SON he­len.john­[email protected]­i­tymir­ @he­len­j83MEN

THIEVES ran­sacked the home of a mum with in­cur­able can­cer and stole pre­cious jew­ellery she had hoped to leave to her chil­dren.

Ale­jan­dra So­lis was vis­it­ing fam­ily in Mex­ico over Christ­mas when her home in Bramhall, Stock­port, was tar­geted by crim­i­nals.

They ri­fled through ev­ery drawer and cup­board in the house be­fore mak­ing off with a haul of sen­ti­men­tal jew­ellery and the fam­ily car.

Ale­jan­dra, 39, who has stage four breast can­cer, says the cal­lous thieves even found one of her pros­thet­ics and tossed it aside.

She said: “They pulled ev­ery sin­gle cup­board out. They even emp­tied the freezer and left ev­ery­thing on the floor. It was just mind­less, why would you do that?

“They stole all my jew­ellery and they stole our car. They did a lot of dam­age to the ex­te­rior of the house.

“They found one of my pros­thet­ics and threw it on the floor.

“Who has one of those in their house? They’re not moral peo­ple if they are do­ing this, but they must have re­alised that it was some­one go­ing through some­thing.

“My wed­ding and en­gage­ment rings were ob­vi­ously spe­cial, my hus­band made them for me. New ones just wouldn’t be the same.”

Among the items taken were a pair of ear­rings which Ale­jan­dra wore when she mar­ried hus­band Peter, which were worn by her mother and grand­mother be­fore her. But the loss of her wed­ding band and en­gage­ment ring has been par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult. Ale­jan­dra says it is likely she won’t be around to see her son Os­car, nine and daugh­ter Lydia, five, get mar­ried and wanted them to have one of the rings each. She added: “I was re­ally hop­ing she would wear my en­gage­ment ring as her en­gage­ment ring and the plan was that Os­car could have my wed­ding band to give to who­ever he chooses to marry even­tu­ally.” The cou­ple re­cently had a spe­cial event which saw Lydia dress up in her mum’s wed­ding dress. They took a num­ber of pho­tos of the lit­tle girl with the rings dur­ing the day and now hope some­one will recog­nise them and help get them back. Fam­ily and friends ral­lied round to help clean and tidy the house when Peter’s mum dis­cov­ered the break-in on Box­ing Day, af­ter neigh­bours raised the alarm when they saw the fam­ily’s grey BMW X5 was miss­ing. Ale­jan­dra added: “My mother-in-law is amaz­ing and came in and sorted ev­ery­thing and called my friends. About six cou­ples came in and started putting ev­ery­thing back in place

“It’s just the fact that some­one has been through stuff. I’m go­ing to have to wash ev­ery­thing. It’s just been a night­mare.”

Ale­jan­dra has also writ­ten about the break-in on her blog, The very hon­est di­ary of a mum deal­ing with can­cer.

She wrote: “As I deal with a ‘ter­mi­nal’ Ill­ness, they didn’t just steal my wed­ding rings, they stole what I wanted to leave for my kids.

“All that is gone, it breaks my heart, they are just things and in the grand scheme of things com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant. But to­day I feel bro­ken-hearted for what they have taken.”

The burglary is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the po­lice.


Ale­jan­dra with her chil­dren Lydia and Os­car

Ale­jan­dra on her wed­ding day with Peter

The stolen rings

Lydia wear­ing her mum’s wed­ding dress

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