First World War medals stolen from North Cowichan residence

A heartless thief or thieves made off with some cherished belongings, including First World War medals and sentimental jewelry items, after breaking into the home of an 84-year-old North Cowichan man last Thursday.

The victim returned home from his volunteer work to find his home broken into and several items taken that had belonged to his family members.

The stolen items included a gold ring with a princess-cut diamond and the inscription "My one love," a jade ring, and a sapphire ring, as well as a Rolex watch. The homeowner is asking for the return of the items – especially the First World War medals – with no questions asked.

"We have notified the local pawn shops and have asked our policing partners to keep an eye out in an effort to solve this thoughtless act and reunite the rightful owner with his treasures," North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).