Widow pleads with thieves to return jewellery

Barbara was just getting over the death of her husband Stan. Picture: Neil Hanna
Barbara was just getting over the death of her husband Stan. Picture: Neil Hanna
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A WIDOW robbed just hours before her wedding anniversary has pleaded with thieves to return irreplaceable jewellery gifted to her by her hubby.

Devastated Barbara Eadie, 82, lost trinkets given to her by husband Stan in the raid. He died aged 81 in July.

She was just coming to terms with his loss and ­preparing to spend her first wedding anniversary alone without him when the heartless raiders struck.

She said: “Each item that was taken had its own wee story, special only to me.”

Incredibly it is the fifth time the former secretary has been targeted by crooks.

Barbara, from Murieston, Livingston, returned home from a day visiting friends to find her home broken into and her possessions rifled through.

The haul – worth over £2000 – included numerous items bought by her husband. The thieves also unwrapped Christmas presents she had stored in her room and swiped £100 from a drawer.

The break-in took place sometime between 10am and 6pm on Monday less than 24 hours before the former ­secretary’s 58th wedding ­anniversary.

She said: “I can never replace them. Whoever stole them might get a few pounds but to me they are worth a whole lot more. Somebody is bound to be offered these items and I would hope they contact the police if they are.”

The items taken include three gold bracelets, one featuring a gold horse shoe design; a gold necklace and matching earrings with a Charles Rennie Mackintosh design; a pendant and earrings missing pearls and rubies; three gold rings; Ortak earrings; a silver and gold Accurist watch and an old style bangle bracelet with white opals and a broken clasp.

She added: “I had only just begun coming to terms with living alone after the death of Stan. The first night after the robbery it was horrible to think that someone had stood in my bedroom and gone through all my stuff.

“But I’ve been through it so many times before I’ve learned to put it to one side and get over it.”

She added: “I’d have been properly angry if they had ­stolen my sewing machine.”

While living in Drumbrae, Edinburgh, the grandmum-of-one was broken into three times. On another occasion her purse was pinched in ­Livingston town centre.

Police officers are now conducting local inquiries and anyone who can assist is asked to come forward. They said the culprits got in by jimmying a side window. PC Chris Kay, of Police Scotland, said: “She has been left devastated at the theft of her belongings and is keen to have them returned, as many are of great sentimental importance. Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in the Bervie Drive area on Monday is asked to contact police immediately.”

david.oleary@edinburghnews.com