A man is distraught after callous thieves allegedly stole engagement and wedding rings from his wife as she died in hospital.
The woman had a fall at her home and was admitted to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, northeast of London, on March 6.
Unfortunately, after three days in hospital she succumbed to her injuries and died.
Police said her husband was by her side when she died.
But when he returned to collect her personal items he noticed her wedding and engagement rings were missing from her hand.
Police said the two rings were on her hand when she was admitted to hospital and were not removed when she received treatment for her injuries.
Constable Daniel Burns, from Harlow Criminal Investigation Department, said the two rings were worth about $25,000 combined.
“These two rings are very special to the husband as they were both engagement and wedding rings and were bought for her in America,” Const Burns said.
“The husband is of course incredibly distressed and upset by this.
“We are looking to speak to anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of these rings or if anyone has attempted to sell them on.”
On Facebook, people demanded the man mourning his wife’s death have the rings returned to him.
They labelled the incident “despicable”, “unthinkable” and “disgusting”.
“Just when you think people can't stoop any lower,” one man wrote.
One woman called it “very evil”.
“Who would take from the dead?” she wrote.
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