Police called into Sheffield care home following disappearance of jewellery

Molly Richardson
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A police investigation is underway into the disappearance of three rings belonging to an elderly resident with dementia.

Molly Richardson, aged 87, was a resident at Ascot Lodge care home in Intake, Sheffield, when three of her rings vanished.

The OAP had been at the home for three weeks when her relatives spotted that some of her rings were missing and raised the alarm.

She moved into the care home when her husband Joseph, 89, who was her carer at their home in Wadsley, fell ill himself.

Her family visited the pensioner during the first week of her stay but were unable to visit again for the next two weeks because of restricted access following a sickness bug outbreak.

They claim the next time they visited Mrs Richardson her rings were missing from her fingers.

Her daughter Dawn Storey, 62, from Walkley Bank, said she is devastated at the disappearance of the rings.

One is the OAP's engagement ring with a solitaire and a smaller diamond either side.

Another is a gold Edwardian which had a row of three sapphires and the third was a gold ring featuring a red ruby

Mrs Storey said: "She had worn the rings all her married life - 67 years. She never took them off, in fact we didn't think they would ever come off. Her wedding ring, for example, which is still on her finger, is fast on.

"Her engagement ring was the identical size as her wedding ring so some force must have been applied to remove them.

"Everyone who know my mum knows that her rings were part of her. Each one symbolised a part of her life. It is not the value of the rings that upsets us, but what they mean to our family.

"What is upsetting us is that the home has no record of the rings whatsover. A property form should have been completed when mum moved in, but it never was.

"We are desperate for the safe return of these rings, they mean everything to us."

An Ascot Lodge spokeswoman said: “We take all allegations very seriously, and will always thoroughly investigate concerns raised with us in collaboration with the relevant authorities.

“As soon as the concerns were brought to our attention the manager of the home reported the matter to the police.

"We have a zero-tolerance approach to the type of behaviour which has been alleged, and we are therefore currently reviewing the situation carefully.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "On Monday February 20 police received a third party report of a theft from a care home in Newlands Road, Intake.

"It is reported that sometime between Sunday, February 12 and Sunday, February 19, a woman had three rings taken from her."

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.