A couple have been left devastated after precious wedding jewellery worth thousands and cash were snatched from their home in a ruthless burglary.
Khadra Lal Gaire and his wife of 26 years, Bal Kumari, were shocked to return to their Gannet Court home and discover that a safe containing the 24 carat gold and precious stone jewellery, as well as cash and passports, had all been stolen. Although invaluable to them, in total the jewels, gold and cash are estimated to be worth in the region of £12,000.
At the time of the burglary, on the evening of February 22, 47-year-old Mr Gaire was away for work in Nottingham. He is a business partner of well-known Grantham restaurant Gurkha Square, where Mrs Gaire, 41, was also out working at the time.
On their return, they could see that attempts had been made to break through their front door, but after failing to snap the locks the burglar or burglars then made their way to the back of the property. A crack on the rear living room window indicates that another attempt was made to smash through, before they forced their way through the back door, which has signs of damage to the wood. Mr Gaire has now added extra locks to this door, and has purchased a security light to install too.
“I think they were watching me for a few weeks,” he said. “I kept seeing a car coming past, and it hasn’t come back.” Furthermore, the burglars appear to have gone straight for the jewellery, as other items like home electricals and technology were not taken during the raid. As well as the jewellery contained in the safe, they had ransacked upstairs to swipe other gold items, leaving the bedrooms in a mess.
The family, who originate from Nepal, had carefully kept the wedding jewellery sets which are traditional for Nepalese brides to wear. “After it happened, my wife cried for three days,” added Mr Gaire.
They also have a son, 18, and 22-year-old daughter, and had hoped to pass the jewellery down through the family. They are appealing to the public in case anyone has seen the items, pictured.
Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that an investigation is under way, with no arrests made yet in relation to the incident, which took place sometime between 5pm and 11.45pm on February 22.
Information to Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 434 of February 22. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.