Grandmother’s jewellery and cash taken in Broadstairs burglary

Police appeal

Officers are appealing for witnesses after burglars ransacked a Broadstairs home and stole cash and jewellery.

It was reported that between 7.30am and 5.25pm on Friday 28 September a property in Royal Close was broken into and the items taken.

Cash was reported stolen along with jewellery including a Bagpuss watch, a gold locket with a picture inside, a white gold oval-shaped necklace with heart detailing, a white gold bracelet, and a yellow gold ring with flower design and diamonds.

Jo Grist, the daughter of the victim, says many of the items are irreplaceable.

She said: “The items of jewellery taken were very sentimental to my mum as they included a gold ring left to her from her deceased mother, lockets (gold and white gold) that had pictures of family members, a Bagpuss watch that can no longer be bought anywhere and was a gift from her father, as well as white gold earrings and bracelets.

“The money they have taken was not only her savings but money that was being saved for her grandchildren,, money she’d received for her birthday and money that wasn’t actually hers but she was looking after for another family member.

“As you can imagine, my mum is very distressed about all of this, not just because of what was stolen but the fact that her house was left ransacked.

“Her dog is still a quivering mess and they have stolen, technically, not just from her but from other members of our family.

“We know the chances of the person(s) and items being found are slim, but we just want to make people aware and ask that if anyone in that area has CCTV or if anyone has come across any of the missing items, please get in touch.”

Police would like to hear from anyone who might have seen something suspicious in the area that day, or who have any information about the whereabouts of the stolen goods. Call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/058038/18.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.