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Elderly couple heartbroken as £6,000 of jewellery stolen

The scene of the burglary Photo: BPM Media

An elderly couple say they will never be the same again after thieves ransacked their home and stole £6,000 of jewellery.

Kathleen, 69, and Keith Reid, 72, discovered their home in Lister Road, Atherstone had been broken into on Friday afternoon.

Their belongings had been strewn all over the house after the offenders allegedly used a spade to smash their way in.

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We feel totally violated, heartbroken and will never be the same again now this has happened, I am shaking like a leaf. We had only been out for an hour and we couldn’t believe it when we found the house the way it was. Our mouths dropped as everything was everywhere and I nearly had heart failure as I went upstairs as all the bedrooms had also been ransacked... We feel totally vulnerable, it makes you think there is no point in locking anything up or away because these thieves will find a way through.

– Kathleen Reid

The thieves are believed to have searched their house from top to bottom looking for precious items to steal.

The patio doors at the back of their house were smashed open and a spade taken from the couple’s garden shed was lying on the kitchen side.

Earrings, bracelets, a gold and ruby ring, a Chamilia Charm bracelet and other precious items were all missing.

This is just shocking and I cannot believe it has happened.

You can’t trust anyone these days and it makes you think that people are watching you all the time as they were only out for an hour.

My mum and dad are devastated and have been in tears because of it.

I can’t say what I would say to those responsible. It has happened at the worst time just after Christmas.

– Andrew Reid, the couple’s son

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 113 of January 5.