Police are investigating after an eternity ring and a wedding ring were taken from the finger of a woman who was in hospital in Chelmsford.
The woman, in her 80s, was admitted to Broomfield Hospital on June 6.
During her time on Notley Ward, her daughter saw the rings on her finger were taped over. When staff were asked to remove the tape, it was discovered that the rings had been replaced with low value “tin” rings.
Sadly, the woman passed away after nine days in hospital.
These two rings were on her hand when she was admitted and were never removed during any treatment.
PC Grimsey, leading the investigation, said: “The rings were of sentimental value and the family are understandably distraught that this has happened.
“The rings signified happier times in the lady’s life, but her family are now robbed of those precious memories.
“One is a gold wedding band and one is a ruby and diamond ring.”
Polish wish to speak to anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of these rings or knows where they may be now. Perhaps you have been offered similar rings to buy.
Anyone who has any information call 101 and quote reference 42/112803/21.
You can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
Alternatively, information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.