VIDEO: Burglars steal cherished memories from Sheffield home days after victim's partner dies, aged 40
Heartless thieves have ransacked a home in Sheffield, stealing cherished memories from their grieving victim whose partner died days earlier, aged just 40.
Chris Hunter's girlfriend of 10 years, Zoe Price, died on April 19 this year of cancer, and his agony was deepened when he woke yesterday to find burglars had struck at his home in Ecclesfield while he slept.
Among the items they stole were Zoe's white iPhone X, containing priceless photos and messages, and her blue Audi with the personalised number plate 'CH04 ZOE', which was a testament to their love.
"I was still using Zoe's phone to contact people and it had photos and messages which she wrote during her treatment which are irreplaceable," he said.
"I could buy a new phone or a car but I can't get those memories back."
But the cancer returned, spreading rapidly, and she died just two days after returning to hospital when her condition suddenly deteriorated.
Mr Hunter said CCTV footage showed the burglars breaking in through the back door at around 2am on Saturday morning.
"When I went downstairs and saw my coats were on the floor my first thought was is this a sign from Zoe, but then I walked into the kitchen and saw all the cupboards and drawers open," said Chris.
"Zoe was a very lovely, loving and loyal person who always put others before herself and I miss her so much.
"Being burgled has just taken all the fight out of me. The worst thing is they must have seen the cards and carried on. These people are so heartless.
"I just want them found and for them to realise what they've done."
* Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. They can mention the reference number 14/64252/18 which Chris says he was given by police.