Appeal for information after burglaries in Walsall
23 November 2012
A MEDAL that was awarded to a nurse at Buckingham Palace in 1953 has been stolen during a burglary in Walsall.
The medal, a Royal Red Cross, was given to the aunt of the burglary victim for her nursing services during the Second World War. It was stolen during a break-in at a house in Coppice Lane between Friday 19 October and Friday 26 October.
Detectives are also investigating two other burglaries in the surrounding area.
A number of engraved items were stolen from a house in Harlech Road overnight between Monday 5 November and Tuesday 6 November.
The items included a pair of silver coins that are engraved with the words ‘Awarded to J Wallis for Walsall Lock and Cart Gear’ and a gold watch which is engraved with the words ‘Awarded to A. Ordridge’.
The third burglary happened in Stroud Avenue between 2pm and 10pm on Wednesday 14 November. A watch with a black leather strap and ‘Ronald Shaw’ engraved on the back was stolen.
DC Kevin Cockayne, of Walsall CID, said: “We believe that all three of these burglaries are linked.
“A number of unique pieces of jewellery have been stolen from each address and these hold great sentimental value to their owners. We would ask anyone who knows anything about the burglaries to contact us.
“We would also remind anyone who is offered any items to buy under suspicious circumstances to call us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about the burglaries should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.