DETECTIVES have reunited a Solihull mum with her engagement ring - four months after it was stolen in a burglary.
Janet Bridge’s diamond ring – given to her 34 years ago when husband-to-be Andrew proposed – disappeared on June 11 after a break-in at her Knowle home.
Neighbourhood PCs caught the 32-year-old burglar, who is awaiting sentence at crown court, as he fled the scene, but he had thrown the ring into a hedge.
Earlier this month he told officers he knew where the jewellery, including another ring given to Janet as a present 25 years ago, might be hidden.
Police using metal detectors found the rings under leaves and garden debris just 300 yards from Janet’s home, alongside a footpath she walks every day with her dog!
“I never thought I’d see them again,” said Janet, aged 54, a mum-of-three, who is still happily married to Andrew and works for an insurance broker.
“I can’t believe that, without knowing it, I’ve walked within a few feet of my engagement ring every day for the last four months.
“They’re both in remarkably good condition bearing in mind they’ve been under a hedgerow for so long.
“I’ve given them a quick scrub with a toothbrush and they’re sparkling again.”