Kate Grindord is pleading for the return of sentimental jewellery after thieves broke into her house and took two jewellery boxes.
Kate Grindord is pleading for the return of sentimental jewellery after thieves broke into her house and took two jewellery boxes. Max Fleet

Thieves ruin young mum's holiday

A WALKERVALE mother is pleading for the community’s help after thieves broke into her home and stole several items of sentimental jewellery while she was on holidays.

Kate Grindord, 28, returned to her Beatrice Street home on Monday afternoon to find burglars had broken in and stolen a gaming console, a mobile phone and laptop, as well as the jewellery.

“The electronic stuff I could care less about. It’s the jewellery. I reckon it’s useless to most people, but to me it is priceless,” she said.

The bandits made off with two jewellery boxes containing an engagement ring, Mrs Grindord’s dad’s wedding band, her wedding jewellery and her baby jewellery.

“I think the most distinguishable is the baby charm bracelet. It is about the size for a toddler and like a Pandora bracelet, where the beads mean something. Each of the charms means something,” she said.

The most notable charms on the bracelet include Chinese symbols, a kiwi bird and a Christmas tree.

The jewellery boxes also contained Mrs Grindord’s name badge from her first job, her baby identity bracelet and a ring she had made for her formal.

Mrs Grindord urged anyone who had seen similar jewellery to contact police.

She said she did not understand why the thieves had taken items with no monetary value.

“If they can’t sell it off, just please be decent and dump it in the mailbox or dump it at the police station,” she said.

Mrs Grindord said she had left for her holidays on Boxing Day, but a friend had visited the house on Wednesday afternoon and nothing had been touched.

Bundaberg Police Senior Constable John Sajko said police were investigating the matter.

Snr Const Sajko said entry into the house had been forced.

“Going on holidays requires owners to be more vigilant and ensure that, while they are away they have a trusted friend or neighbour check the premises,” he said.

If you have any information, telephone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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