THIEVES stole sentimental jewellery that belonged to a 78-year-old widower’s late wife.
The homeowner – a former Royal Marine – returned to his home in Barbara Way, Hilsea, Portsmouth, after a day out to discover window panes had been removed from the back of the property.
The crooks fled with two gold wedding bands, a gold eternity ring with three diamonds in it and a green ring with three diamonds.
A four-inch long engraved silver oar awarded to the man for rowing when he was in the Royal Marines was also stolen.
It is not known how much the items, which were taken between 8.30am and 6.30pm on Saturday, are worth.
Detective Constable Amanda Waite said: ‘Burglary is a horrible crime; items of sentimental value are often targeted. I would urge anyone who was in this area on Saturday and saw anything suspicious to contact us.
‘Also anyone offered second hand jewellery to buy, please think about where it has come from.’
Contact Det Con Waite at Fratton station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.