Derry family robbed of life savings while husband visits wife in hospital

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  • Substantial sum of cash taken
  • Jewellery also stolen
  • Family left devastated

A Derry woman has revealed how her parents’ life savings and items of precious family jewellery were stolen from their house while her father was visiting her mother in hospital.

The burglary took place on Friday, February 13 however details have only emerged now as the family did not want their mother to know about it while she was ill in hospital.

The money will never be seen again I am sure and while my parents and family are devastated the real sadness is the loss of the jewellery that meant so much to them.

Noeleen O’Hagan

Noeleen O’Hagan said: “My parents are good, honest hard working people and my dad has worked all his life, like a lot of people they kept their money at home in a safe in their wardrobe.

“A substantial amount of money was stolen, my dad was due to retire this year and they had money aside for travelling and enjoying their well deserved years of retirement. The money will never be seen again I am sure and while my parents and family are devastated the real sadness is the loss of the jewellery that meant so much to them. “Jewellery that no money can buy as it was handed down from grandparents and has sentimental value.”

The jewellery stolen includes a large, heavy gold chain which is about 22/25 inches long with a miraculous medal of Our lady and Saint Rita, a gold ring with two opal stones (looks like two pearls opposite each other), a gold signet ring with a raised gold rose, and jewellery belcher chains bracelets etc.

Noeleen said the robbery has been a testing time for the family.

“But my parents have great faith,” she added. “And have said that they hope whoever took their possessions must have really needed the money more than they did and they hoped that it would help them out as it was hard earned honest money.

The burglary took place on Friday the 13th February at approximately between 8 and 10pm in Northland Avenue backing onto Northland Parade.

If anyone saw any unusual activity around this time get in touch with the police.

“If anyone reads this and knows where the jewellery is please return it, drop it into a chapel or somewhere so that we can get it back where it belongs,” said Noeleen. “It wont mean much to anyone else but it means the world to my parents.”