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Burglars raid grieving family's home while father at funeral directors

Staffordshire | News | Published:

The home of a grieving family was hit by burglars who stole irreplaceable jewellery and a child's birthday money.

Gary Dawson, 54, of Daimler Close, Stafford, had just been hit by the sudden death of his wife Lynne when cold hearted thieves broke into their family home on March 31.

Lynne, 48, died on March 4, her husband's birthday, with the cause of her death still to be determined.

On the day of the break-in, Gary left his home at around 1.30pm to visit a funeral directors but returned to find precious jewellery left by his wife, as well as birthday money belonging to their 12 year old son Adam, had been taken.

Gary,a social worker, said: "I have to admit to being a bit absent minded given the circumstances so when I came back to find the door open I thought I had left it open.

"I went inside the house and could see straight away we had been broken into, every room had been turned upside down.

"The items that were taken were supposed to be mementos that would be passed down through the next generation of our families.

"These are the things that young children keep and they act as a reminder of their parent, but now they have been taken from them.

"I am trying to look ahead and give off the most positive image I can for Adam, I want him to feel safe again, his sanctuary has been invaded and it is devastating."

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Adam, aged 12, had birthday money stolen from his piggy bank

A funeral for Lynne, who Gary described as a 'loving, family orientated woman', was held at Stafford Crematorium last week.

She worked part time at the Soup Kitchen in Stafford, as well as bringing up Lawrence, 16 and Ben, 19, children from a previous marriage and Adam, who was her and Gary's child.

Adam had £135 taken from a plastic piggy bank during the break in - money which had been given to him the week previous for his birthday.

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A ruby ring, a gold ring with a diamond cluster, a gold charm bracelet and two wedding bands were also taken by the thieves.

Paying tribute to his wife, Gary said: ""She was always putting the children, myself or her parents before herself.

"She had a great sense of humour and used to enjoy making fun of me, so we had a lot of laughs together.

"With everything that has gone on, I guess I am still in shock to some degree, but I am trying to find a new normal, whatever that may be.

"I would be delighted if we could get the jewellery back because it has so much sentimental value."

Also taken during the raid were items belonging to Gary's previous wife, Christine, who died 17 years ago and were intended for their 22 year old daughter Charlotte.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: "The first offender is described as slim, wearing black trousers, a blue top and woolly hat.

"The second offender is described as slim, wearing black trousers, a black top and woolly hat.

"Anyone with any information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 407 of 31 March."

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