A retired couple have described how it felt to cut short their holiday after precious rings and a safe were stolen from their home.
Lyn and Michael Jones rushed home from a caravan holiday after burglars smashed through their back door window with a hammer and stole jewellery, 50 Euros and a safe.
Lyn, 64, said: “They searched the bedrooms, threw everything around, found the safe, thought ‘this is it’ and scarpered with that.
“It could have been a lot worse. If they had broken in with a hammer and we were in God knows what could have happened.”
The safe, which contained paper work but nothing of financial value, was found by a dog walker on October 12 in Goffs Park with the documents strewn across the ground.
Police tracked the safe back to the house in Downland Drive, Southgate, and when they went to return it found the house had been burgled and the door left open.
The police found an address book in the house and called Mr and Mrs Jones’ daughter.
Michael, 66, said: “She was really upset. We didn’t know what was what, what was taken. My wife was shaking like anything.”
Lyn added: “It was awful because we didn’t know what had been taken. “
Lyn’s wedding and engagement rings were stolen along with an anklet with a pearl, given to her by Michael for their 30th anniversary
A ring which was given to her by her grandmother was also taken. That ring had five stone opals and was about 100 years old.
Lyn said the items ‘may have been worth something’ but also had a lot of sentimental value.
She added that she was glad the safe was taken and left on the ground otherwise they would not have returned until the Monday and more could have been taken while the house was left open.
The couple think the house would have been broken into during the night on Friday October 11.