Images released in connection with burglary investigation – Oxford
Monday 15 February 2016, 1:35pm
Thames Valley Police is releasing images of items stolen during a burglary in Oxford.
Police are appealing for information following the burglary, which took place in Buckler Road, North Oxford, between 4pm and 7pm on 21 January.
The victim, a woman aged in her thirties, left her home to pick up her children from school and returned later to find her home had been broken into.
The offenders forced entry to the house by climbing on to a conservatory roof and forcing open a window before climbing inside.
Tragically, only a month before this burglary, the victim’s husband was killed in Abingdon in Poundland. Thames Valley Police launched a murder investigation following this incident.
Investigating officer, PC Chris Cassidy of the Burglary and Robbery Team based at Oxford police station, said: “This was already a terrible time for the victim, who is trying to carry on with her life after losing her husband in such a horrible way.
“To then be the victim of a burglary such a short time later, where someone broke into her home - where she and her young children should feel safe - searched it and stole jewellery and other precious items, is heartbreaking.
“These items had huge sentimental value as they were family heirlooms from her husband’s family and were being kept to give to their children when they grew up.
“I am urging anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant you feel it is, to come forward and help us to find who stole these items and get them back to the victim, who has already gone through so much.
“At this stage there is nothing to indicate this burglary is connected to the murder investigation.
“I am determined to bring the perpetrator to justice, but I will need the public’s help specifically anyone who works in local pawn shops, antique shops, jewellers or cash for gold shops.
“The easiest way to contact us is to visit your nearest police station or call 101.
“If you do not feel comfortable speaking to police, alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”
Notes for editors:
For more images of the stolen jewellery, please contact the Media Team. The victim does not wish to speak to the media and does not want to be identified.