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Dear burglars, you wrecked my family
AN Evesham woman has written a heartfelt letter appealing to the burglars who stole an irreplaceable personal memento from her sister’s home.
Pip Singleton put pen to paper in the hope that getting the letter (part of which is below) printed would prompt one of the intruders to find their conscience and return the precious bracelet, stolen when they ransacked the home in Ombersley Road, Worcester.
The silver bracelet was a gift from another sister who gave it to her siblings as she was dying from leukaemia.
Thieves broke into the house between noon and 2.30pm by smashing a security door before making off with items including money, jewellery and electrical equipment and even birthday presents from her 10- year-old niece.
But Miss Singleton, of Evesham, who works as an animal welfare officer for Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said the theft of the bracelet had hit the family hardest.
“It’s destroyed the family.
My sister has cried her eyes out,” said the 46-year-old.
“That bracelet would be worth nothing if they sold it.We’ve accepted what they’ve done and we’ve forgiven them but all we wanted is the bracelet back.
“They don’t have to admit what they’ve done, but if they could just find some compassion in their heart, it would mean so much to us.
It would just feel like we’ve got a bit of my sister back.”
Miss Singleton’s sister, Becky Haughtey, died 16- and-a-half years ago, when she was just 33, after fighting myloid leukaemia for 18 months.
Before she died she designed three unique silver bracelets for her two sisters and daughter, Kharis, 19, which she bequeathed to them in her will.
“She knew she was dying but my sister and I didn’t know she was dying at all,”
said Miss Singleton.
“We thought she would get better. She told my mum and dad and asked them to take her to the jewellery lady and designed three bracelets for me, her daughter, Kharis, and my sister.
“All three of us had unique bracelets made specifically for us. I can’t believe my sister did it for us when she knew she was dying. The burglary just brings everything back again.”
Miss Singleton’s sister does not wish to be identified.
Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Williamson, of West Mercia Police, said: “The impact of burglaries on victims can’t be underestimated.
It’s not just the value of things, it’s the sentimental that goes as well.
“We would appeal to anybody who has information on where the property might be to come forward.”
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