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Trowbridge theft victim appeals for return of precious gift
A heartbroken Trowbridge woman is appealing for help getting back a watch, stolen last Tuesday, that is a keepsake from her late father and stepmother.
Teresa Blake, 36, of Azalea Drive, was distraught to discover that the DKNY watch, engraved ‘our love always’, was taken, along with her 18 carat gold wedding ring and an 18 carat gold solitaire diamond engagement ring, when her house was burgled.
The watch was one of six Mrs Blake and her siblings Laura, Zoe, Joanne, Claire and Darren were given by her stepmother Jayne, after the death of their dad Steve Lilley in October 2010 from a brain tumour.
Mrs Lilley died after a battle with cancer in August this year. Mother-of-two Mrs Blake, who works for Stepping Stones in Trowbridge, said: “This has knocked the stuffing out of me. It is such a horrible thing to have happened.
"I would ask whoever has done this to hand it back, if they have got a heart, as it’s something very special to me.”
Thieves broke into her home through the conservatory between 11.30am and 3pm on Tuesday, October 22.
The crime was discovered by Mrs Blake and daughter Izzy, seven, after she had picked her up from Walwayne Court Primary School.
Mrs Blake, who lives with her husband Matthew, 44, Izzy and four-year-old son Lewis, said she also now feels scared to be in her own home.
She said: “We are all still in shock and I will be absolutely devastated if I never get the watch back. I don’t care about finding who did this, I just want it back.”
Family and friends have taken to social media to help Mrs Blake track down the jewellery, estimated to be worth around £900. Wiltshire Police is investigating the burglary, carrying out door-to-door enquiries and contacting pawn shops.
Inspector Lisette Harvey, based at Trowbridge Police Station, said: “This is a heart-wrenching story and we are working hard to recover the watch and the other jewellery. I would love for the criminal who has done this to come forward and give it back.”
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Wiltshire Police on 101.
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