A devastated householder left heartbroken after burglars ransacked his Sheffield home and stole a £20,000 haul of war medals and sentimental family jewellery has got some of the items back.
But Keith Whitehead, aged 60, said he and his wife have been left so upset by the burglary at their Gleadless home they are going to get rid of his late father’s medal collection because they cannot face being burgled again.
Some of the medals were retrieved after an eagle-eyed former South Yorkshire Police officer saw them on internet auction site eBay.
During the break-in, which happened on April 1, the thief or thieves ripped two safes off the wall and stole their contents.
The safes were bolted in and contained Mr Whitehead’s father’s collection of 200 medals. The set included his national service medals and love heart badges his father used to send to his mother.
Mr Whitehead’s wedding ring, his wife’s engagement ring, and wedding rings belonging to his daughter and her bridegroom-to-be were also taken, along with family documents, including the couple’s passports.
Mr Whitehead said: “I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police, especially DC Steve Robinson, who has worked tirelessly to get the medals back – they have done a brilliant job.
“But the devastation and upset this has caused has been terrible and we have been forced to get rid of my father’s medals. We can’t go through this ever again.”
A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the burglary and released on police bail pending further inquries.
Mr Whitehead said: “I hope the burglar gets the justice he deserves.”