Video report by ITV News' Matthew Hudson
Thieves raided the home of Eric Morecambe’s widow while she was unveiling a new statue of the comedy legend and his partner Ernie Wise last weekend.
It should have been a proud and perfect family occasion but on returning to her home in Harpenden Mrs Bartholmew discovered her house had been burgled and a number of items of jewellery stolen.
It's thought the thieves learned she was away through social media.
In a statement to the media Eric Morecombe's son Gary, who was with his mother at the time of the break in said: "There wasn't masses of damage. My mum is a very realistic person. She doesn't like to make herself into a victim. It's just the way it is. I guess that's the power of social media. They must have known she was away."
Eric Morecombe moved to Hertfordshire in 1969 and was a popular figure here until his death in 1984.
A dedicated Hatter he was a director, then vice president of Luton Town FC.
In Harpendon some expressed their concern that his 89 year old widow has been a crime victim.
Hertfordshire Police say they are investigating the break in and have confirmed a number of items were taken.