An Echuca man who lost his wife to cancer has been left devastated after burglars stole some of his late wife's items.ALEX BATHMAN January 16, 2014 4:35am
It has been just more than a year since an Echuca man lost his wife to cancer and now burglars have taken his few remaining memories.
The Riv has chosen not to name the man.
The Rutley Crescent resident said his wife died on Christmas Day, 2012.
He has been left reeling after thieves broke into his home this month and stole items belonging to his late wife.
The man was away for a few days earlier this month when the burglary took place.
He returned home to discover three of his wife’s rings were missing as well as irreplaceable photographs that were on USB storage devices.
His wife’s iPad was also missing, as well as a computer, a laptop, an Apple iMac screen, a notebook computer and cash.
‘‘They went though everything, every drawer, every cupboard,’’ the man said.
He is now calling on thieves to return the rings and memory sticks.
‘‘I don’t care about anything else. I just want the photos and the rings returned,’’ he said.
He told the Riv the memory sticks were the only back-ups of the photos, with the originals stored on the other technology devices also taken.
Detective Sergeant Brendon Murphy of Echuca police said the burglary was reported on January 10.
He confirmed police had attended another burglary in nearby Premier St on January 9, which took place between 7pm and 7.35pm.
Det. Sgt Murphy said thieves took cash, mobile phones and a computer from the Premier St address.
‘‘It is possible that we are looking at connected burglaries,’’ he said.
‘‘There are a number of things that have started to happen in (relation) to the events in that particular area that we are starting to focus on.’’
Det Sgt. Murphy said it served as a good reminder to store back-up information and photos in a separate location.
‘‘While (USB sticks) are good to store large amounts of photos on, they are easy for crooks to get their hands on and (theft) can remove years and years of precious memories that people have.’’
Police are also interested in any information about a gold Holden Commodore seen in the area and it is not clear if it is connected to the burglary.
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