Sheffield family’s appeal for return of dead man’s stolen watch

The bereaved family of a 92-year-old burglary victim are hoping the public can help to locate sentimental property stolen in Sheffield over Christmas.
The bereaved family of a 92-year-old burglary victim are hoping the public can help to locate sentimental property stolen in Sheffield over Christmas.
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Heartbroken relatives of a Sheffield pensioner who died the month after his home was burgled have issued a desperate plea for help to find his watch.

David Dinsdale, aged 92, was burgled while he was in hospital between Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 28.

During the raid at his home in Monteney Road, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, a gold Rolex Tudor Geneva watch – like the one pictured – was stolen.

The watch had a brown leather strap, ivory face and an inscription on the back relating to Mr Dinsdale’s 25 years of service at Hall and Pickles Ltd.

His relatives said it was of ‘high sentimental value’ and are appealing for its return.

The thief broke in through an unsecured downstairs window and also stole a 32- inch Samsung LCD television and personal paperwork, including passports, birth certificates and bank books in Mr Dinsdale’s name.

Mr Dinsdale died of natural causes the following month.

Detective Sergeant Shaf Rehman, from Ecclesfield CID, said: “To have valuable or sentimental property stolen is difficult enough for any individual or family but this case is particularly tragic with the sad news that David has since passed away.

“If anyone knows the location of the stolen property, especially the watch, I urge them to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about the missing items should call 101 quoting incident number 431 of December 28.