A 67-year-old man whose home was broken into and his late wife’s wedding ring stolen has said: “It has broken my heart.”
Anthony McGirr, who lives in Underwood Park just off Enniskillen’s Coa Road, came home last week to find his house had been the target of thieves who stole cash, jewellery – and the wedding and engagement rings of his late wife, Mary.
Police have said they are investigating the incident, and Mr McGirr has appealed through the Fermanagh Herald that the items, which hold huge sentimental value, be returned.
“She’s in her twelfth year dead. Mary was a very quiet, civil woman: A dressmaker,” he said, “It has broken my heart. It’s nearly as bad as the wife dying.”
Mr McGirr had been away from his home during the middle of last week and its thought that thieves targeted the house late on Wednesday night (June 17) or the following morning, Thursday.
“There was a wee bit of movement of things but they’d put everything back as normal. So the first time I realised they’d been in was when I checked the back door to see if it was locked, but it wasn’t.
“The safe was buried under the floor but they found the key in the wardrobe and when they found that then they must have looked up and down for the safe.”
Mr McGirr said that he was disgusted with those who took his possessions.
“I’m a good charity raiser,and I thought it a terror that a charity man is burgled like that. I call them scum. What else could you call them, invading a man’s privacy like that.”
A police spokesman said: “It is thought the incident happened sometime between Tuesday (June 16) and Friday (June 19). We would ask for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in and around the area during this time to contact police.”
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