A PENSIONER is appealing for help in tracking down a coin collection he spent 60 years building up after it was stolen in a raid at his Sheffield home.
Frank Hardy, who is in his 70s, discovered his home on Dryden Road, Parson Cross, had been burgled when he returned from Sheffield University, where he is completing a ‘working with the community’ course in his spare time.
Mr Hardy, a member of Neighbourhood Watch and Dryden and Kyle Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said he hopes that local people will help him track down his missing coins.
Mr Hardy said: “I have done my bit to help the local community for years through my work on the Tenants’ and Residents’ Association so I hope local people will do their bit to help me and tell me who broke into my home and stole my coins.
“It is really disappointing that somebody would do this to me after all I have done for the estate to try to make it better.
“I opened the door and saw my briefcase open and papers strewn everywhere and I knew straight away that somebody had been inside.
“It is sickening to think that somebody has been into your house and made worse with what they have taken – a coin collection that I first started when I was a kid.
“They used to fascinate me and over the years I have added collective sets, Roman coins and Victorian coins.”
Six silver Chinese coins, belonging to his partner’s late father were taken.
Frank said: “They have more sentimental value than monetary – in fact in terms of sentimental value you just can’t put a price on them for me.”
The pensioner is urging residents to step up their home security in the wake of the break-in.
He said the burglar was able to force open his front door.
Sheffield Homes has repaired the lock.
“It is disappointing that they were able to get into my house so easily,” said Mr Hardy.
n Anyone who has any information about the burglary is asked to contact police on 101 and quote incident number 1,032 of February 16.