A DISTRAUGHT Solihull family are offering a “substantial” reward after having £60,000 worth of jewellery stolen during a burglary.
Lisa Wilson was “devastated” when she returned to her Warwick Road home on Sunday (October 27), after spending the night at her parents, to find thieves had broken in and taken jewellery including her wedding and engagement rings which also had “huge sentimental value.”
A neighbour’s CCTV footage revealed two men spent just six minutes inside the address at around 10pm on the previous evening, before fleeing the scene down Park Lane, into Warwick Road.
“I’m still just in shock,” said the shaken mum. “I still feel physically sick they came in.
“I could have been there on my own, a lot of times I am, or the children could have been there. The feeling that someone has just decided they can stroll into your house is horrible.
“I’m scared they might come back again.”
The haul included Lisa’s daughter’s 18th birthday present; a princess solitaire diamond ring, as well as a five carat diamond bracelet, two carat Tiffany bracelet, diamond encrusted Chanel watch, two emerald and one tanzanite rings and two watches.
“Each and every one was specially commissioned and handmade individually as bespoke pieces so they are easily identifiable,” said husband Martin, aged 43, a company director.
“We are devastated to say the least. Our life is upside down at the moment. My wife won’t stay here any longer, she doesn’t feel safe. They were of extreme sentimental value. Lisa is an emotional wreck, we just want to try and bring some closure.”
Extra security has already been put in place since the burglary.
Sadly, as the couple were going through a trial separation, the jewellery was not insured at Lisa’s rented home meaning another “kick in the teeth” for the family. Mr and Mrs Wilson are now offering a sizeable £5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the items and apprehension of the thieves.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “We’re trying to find any witnesses to this and we’re keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour around this time.
“Also anyone who has been offered this jewellery, or any jewellers who have people come in with items that are suspect please contact us on 101.”
If you recognise any of the jewellery items below, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.