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Wedding Rings Stolen in Burglary as Family Sleeps
EAST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- The solitaire engagement ring and wedding band with five little diamonds were sauntered together.
Local 12 News staffer, Bob Gaynor, slipped it on on Sally's finger 30 years ago. She took them off for the first time since then to get them re-sized.
"They were wrapped up in tissue in a secret compartment in my wallet. If I put them here they'll be with me, on me and I thought I won't lose them that way."
But the burglar found them.
The evidence is a lone burglar found the rings when he broke into the basement of the home on Purcell Avenue and snuck up the stairs to the dinning room. Sally's purse, with the wallet and tucked away rings, wason the table. He took that, an iPod, and a cellphone.
"It's not the monetary value, it's not about that. It's thirty years of having those rings on those fingers."
Footprints show the burglar went door to door on Purcell, probably looking in windows to see if there was anything worth taking. Checking door knobs and seeing if the family had a dog.
Captain Dan Gerard of the Cincinnati Police said, "It tells you that they're a little more brazen than the average burglar because people usually don't want to confront a person. They want to go in quickly, they want to get something that's easily sell-able on street and then they want to get out."
Sunday Sally got her purse back after it was found on Elberon Avenue next to an apartment building where Bob's stolen phone pinged somewhere inside. That is part of the investigation. Credit cards were still in the wallet but the money and rings were gone. As well as Sally Gaynor's peace of mind.
The basement door has new locks and a chair for good measure. Sally wears a sort of backup ring and tries not to think about her rings being melted down for a few dollars.
She also can't think about getting new rings.
"Bob says do we talk about new rings and I can't go there right now. I can't."
The crime at the Gaynor's home was the third such burglary in the neighborhood in the last two weeks. There is a reward through Crime Stoppers for information about the burglar. Call the 24 hour hotline at 352-3040 if you have any information that could help police.