A HEARTBROKEN woman is appealing for cruel burglars to return stolen jewellery belonging to her late mother.
Danielle Riley, 32, from Thornton, was left distraught after thieves took possessions she had inherited following the death of her mother, Susan Walmsley, last year.
The thieves managed to break into the house on Rossendale Avenue South through the kitchen door while Mrs Riley and her husband were visiting friends.
They emptied a drawer of jewellery and also took a laptop and her mother’s driving licence.
Mrs Riley said: “The jewellery has great sentimental value, I can’t replace it.
“It’s all you have left when someone passes away, apart from your memories.
“It’s upsetting. It was an invasion of privacy. It’s not a nice feeling.”
Mrs Riley’s mother, Susan, died unexpectedly in January last year aged 56 after suffering lung problems.
The missing jewellery includes her mother’s gold Secco watch, wedding ring, an amethyst cubic zirconia ring as well as her grandmother’s diamond solitaire gold engagement ring and gold wedding band, which featured a pattern on it.
A distinctive gold bracelet featuring the name ‘Sue’, gold earrings and a gold necklace with a dolphin pendant – which Mrs Riley’s mother had given her – and a black Acer laptop with white keys were also taken.
The burglary happened sometime between 4.45pm and 11.30pm on January 21.
Mrs Riley has scoured local shops looking for the jewellery, which may have been sold on, but she has drawn a blank.
She is now hoping people may recognise descriptions of the precious items and contact the police with information about where they are.
She added: “The police think it was opportunist.
“We had gone out to see some friends for a few hours. We didn’t realise until the morning when we saw the laptop was missing. I checked the drawers in our bedroom and saw all the jewellery had been taken.
“Some of the pieces are quite distinctive, so I’m hoping someone has seen them.
“It upsets me that someone has mum’s driving licence which has a photograph of her on it.
“The thought that they may throw it in the bin is awful. It isn’t worth anything but I want it back.”
Police have launched an investigation following the burglary.
A spokesman said: “We would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward and get in touch.
“The victim has been left upset following this burglary and we are keen to get her re-united with the stolen items. If anyone has been offered these items or knows of their whereabouts, please contact the police.”
Anyone with information can call Fleetwood police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.