An elderly Guildford woman is pleading for the return of a Rosewood box containing the ashes of her beloved dog Gordon.
The 82-year-old found the ashes and dozens of valuable old Australian coins worth about $30,000, including several circa 1800 gold half-sovereigns, stolen when she returned home yesterday afternoon after celebrating a friend’s 80th birthday.
Bayswater Police said someone had forced their way into the Guildford Road home between 3pm and 4.15pm.
The Rosewood box, which is about 30cm long and about 5cm wide and deep, had been on a table in the foyer.
Sen-Sgt Dave Whitnell said the theft of the ashes of her English hunting dog Gordon, which died two years ago, had the 82-year-old most upset.
“We would encourage the person who stole the ashes to leave them in front of the police station, no questions asked, we just want to return them to her,” he said.
“They have great sentimental value; she was hoping to have her dog’s ashes buried with her one day.”
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is asked to call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.