Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a burglary in Canford Heath.
The burglary happened some time between 8.30am and 10.20am on Thursday 7 August at premises on Edgarton Road.
While some of the occupants were out, burglars forced their entry through the front door and searched an empty bedroom while an elderly resident was asleep in a room nearby. They stole a large amount of valuable jewellery, a quantity of cash and a handbag containing bank cards. It is believed the offenders carried the stolen items away in a distinctive pink and white pillow case, decorated with three large roses, which was also found to be missing. They left the same way they came in.
The resident, a woman in her nineties who lives at the address with relatives, woke to find clothes strewn around the floor. She was not injured.
Police Constable James Howes, of Poole police, said: “This is an extremely distressing crime for the victims.
“The stolen jewellery has a great sentimental value.
“I would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area, in particular, anybody carrying a pink and white pillow case full of goods, to come forward as soon as possible.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered jewellery for sale in strange circumstances or for an unusually low price.
“Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is asked to contact the police in confidence.
“This is the second burglary on this street within the last four weeks. Although we do not believe these crimes to be linked I would like to remind all residents to be vigilant and to report any concerns by calling 101.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 07:127. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.
PHOTO:The stolen pillowcase