Elderly man burgled soon after wife died in Welwyn Garden City

Callous burglars stole from elderly man in Welwyn Garden City.

Callous burglars stole from elderly man in Welwyn Garden City.

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Callous burglars stole jewellery of sentimental value and money that was going to be used to pay for the wake of an elderly man’s late wife in Welwyn Garden City.

Detectives are investigating a burglary in Welwyn Garden City, at the home of an elderly man whose wife had recently passed away.

The incident occurred at an address in Hardings between 8pm and 8.15pm on Thursday, January 26.

A police spokesperson said: “Between these times, offender(s) reached through a small open window at the rear of the property and unlocked the main window using the key which had been left inside, before climbing through.

“An untidy search of the bedroom was then conducted and cash and a number of gold rings were stolen.

“One of the rings was a wedding band with the word ‘Nan’ inscribed on the inside.”

Detective constable Sam Casey, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Manhunt Unit, said: “The jewellery items that were stolen from the property belonged to the victim’s late wife and are, understandably, of great sentimental value.

“The money that was taken had been put aside to pay for the buffet at her wake.

“Thankfully some of the money has been replaced by kind-hearted neighbours who organised a collection after hearing what had happened.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the times stated to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Manhunt Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/17/331.

Alternatively, if you have any information about this incident you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.


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