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Re-appeal to trace jewellery box containing ashes stolen during Borehamwood burglary

10 Jun 2021
  • We are re-appealing for information about a burglary in Borehamwood during which ashes stored in a jewellery box were stolen.

  • The burglary took place in Stapleton Road on Sunday 4 April. Despite previous appeals, the box has not been located.

  • The jewellery box looks like a treasure chest. It's a small dark oak brown box, 3 inches tall, with dimensions of 4 x 3 inches. It has three legs (one is missing).

We are re-appealing for the public’s help to locate a jewellery box containing ashes which was stolen during a burglary in Borehamwood earlier in the year.

Between 2pm and 8.20pm on Sunday 4 April, offender(s) gained access to a home in Stapleton Road before searching the property.

They stole two charm bracelets - both worth hundreds of pounds – along with a jewellery box containing the ashes of the victim’s late wife.

Despite enquiries being carried out, and previous media appeals, the box has unfortunately not been located.

Investigator Kay Leverton, from the Hertsmere Local Crime Unit, said: “We are re-appealing for any information which could help in locating the jewellery box and the ashes in particular. They are of course of great sentimental value to the victim and I desperately urge anybody with information to get in touch.

“The jewellery box is a small dark oak brown box, 3 inches tall, with dimensions of 4 x 3 inches. It looks like a jewellery treasure chest and it has three legs (one is missing).

“I would also like to again appeal directly to those who stole the ashes. Please, please do the right thing and return the ashes to Borehamwood Police Station. Your actions have caused huge hurt to the family and they are desperate for the ashes to be returned.

“If you can help, call 101 or email me at kay.leverton@herts.police.uk quoting crime reference 41/24311/21.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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