Devastated Welwyn Garden City widow hunts for stolen ring

PUBLISHED: 10:03 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:03 24 February 2016

The stolen ring is similar to the pictured ring

The stolen ring is similar to the pictured ring

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A devastated Welwyn Garden City widow is on a desperate hunt to find her wedding ring after it was stolen and re-sold.

The wedding ring [similar to the ring in the picture] was purchased by Jeoff Miller 11 years ago.

Jeoff Miller, worked at the police station at Stanborough and died of a brain tumour in 2004 at the age of 52.

Tina Miller, 63, of Nursery Hill, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Me and Jeoff were in Argos and I was looking in the counters and he asked what I was looking at.

“I showed him a ring I liked. He said ‘have it’ and with the last money in his wallet before he passed away he brought that ring.

“Even though it wasn’t expensive the sentimental value is priceless.”

The ring, which was purchased as a replacement wedding ring, was stolen in March 2015.

A police spokesman said: “Police were contacted after a ring was taken from a property in Nursery Hill, Welwyn Garden City.

“A 20-year-old woman from Welwyn Garden City was given a caution in relation to the theft.”

The woman had sold the ring to Welwyn Garden City Cashbrokers in March 2015 and it is reported that it was soon after purchased on March 21 and was paid for in cash. The buyer is untraceable.

Joanne Miller, 29, said: “My mum is devastated, especially as she has been in hospital recently. She said in her hospital bed that she would give anything to have the ring back so she could hold it and be close to my dad.

“We would like to give the buyer of the ring the money back and more as well to compensate.”

Tina added: “No-one could have taken anything more precious away from me. I just want it back.

“A lady on Facebook offered a sliver ring for free. I thought ‘what a wonderful person’. It was similar to my ring, it was a lovely gesture.

“She boosted my faith in human beings.”

Nick Adamson, manager of Welwyn Garden City Cashbrokers, said: “We purchased the ring from a person who provided a driving licence as ID. We do not take ID from people we sell to, however we will not buy anything unless ID is provided.

“If the person we sold the ring to returns it, we will gladly refund them and return the ring to its rightful owner.”

If you or someone you know purchased the ring from Cashbrokers the Miller family are pleading for you to get in touch by contacting the shop at 01707 372773.

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