An elderly woman who was the victim of a burglary recently wrote an open letter to the person responsible.
Dorothy Iris Mayer, 79, returned to her house after a hospital appointment on Jan. 17 to find her front door locked from the inside and that it had been ransacked, WalesOnline reports.
Mayer said money, a phone and jewelry, including her wedding ring and her late husband’s wedding ring, were all taken in the burglary.
What’s worse is the burglary happened as she was preparing for the burial of her grandson Christopher Vaughan, 18, who drowned in an accident, according to the Daily Mail.
Detectives believe the suspect is local to the area and police are conducting an ongoing investigation.
In an appeal for information, Mayer has released a photo of the mess left behind and written an open letter to the culprit in the hope it will encourage anyone with more information to contact police.
In the letter she says: “Pity you didn’t wait one more day, you would have had the house to yourself and maybe left it as you found it, clean and tidy, not like a tip.
“You obviously went with your muddy boots straight to the bedrooms where you left muddy prints all over my cream carpets, even the goods you threw on the floor, you walked over without any concern.
“You must have poor eyesight, as you even changed the bedroom light bulbs from the modern to the older brighter ones so you could sort the stamped jewellery.
“The sentimental gold locket and chain from my daughters on my 50th, my deceased husband’s snake ring, my engagement and wedding rings, watches, necklaces, watch and bracelet sets, anything you could sell.”
Police speculate that the person or person’s responsible gained access to the back of the house through a footpath that runs between Keystone road and Tangmere Drive.
Detective Constable Geraint Higgins, South Wales Police, said: “This elderly victim has been left devastated by what has happened.
“Whoever was responsible mercilessly ransacked her home to look for something to steal. The victim has shown tremendous bravery and we are appealing for information that will help us make an arrest.”
(Photo and letter courtesy of WalesOnline)