Burglary victim appeals for return of treasured items

An Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal similar to the one above was among a number of sentimental items taken during a burglary in the Tarmonbarry in early August. The owner has appealed for their safe return.
Ahomeowner in the Tarmonbarry arrea has appealed for the return of items with significant sentimental value which were stolen during a burglary in early August.

Ahomeowner in the Tarmonbarry arrea has appealed for the return of items with significant sentimental value which were stolen during a burglary in early August.

Georgina Williams returned home on August 5 to discover her home had been ransacked.

“We had been away and came back to find that someone had broke n in two days previously,” she explained. “They (the thieves) went through the house thoroughly and took a lot of stuff.”

Among the items taken were a number of medals awarded to Ms Williams’ father, who served as a colonel in the Royal Engineers during World War II.

“My father died when I was 12 and the medals are the only things I had belonging to him,” she said.

Among the 10 medals stolen during the raid were an Order of the British Empire (OBE), a Distinguished Service Order (DSO), an Italy Star, a France & Germany Star, an Africa Star, and two 1939-1945 Stars.

Also taken was a wedding band belonging to Ms Williams’ mother, which has inscription ‘HCS & AET’ 24th March 1950’ on the inside surface.

Appealing for their safe return, Ms Williams said descriptions of these items have been circulated to garda stations throghout the region, as well as militaria dealers and auction houses.

“As well as that, they took my husband’s 60-inch Samsung television,” she added.

Describing the ordeal as a “great shock”, she admitted she no longer feels comfortable in her home and is considering moving away from the area.

“We’re so spooked; we’ve put the house up for sale.” she told the Leader this week.