Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Woman in hospital waiting lung transplant has home robbed

By Bob Boughner, QMI Agency ifpress.com

CHATHAM, Ontario - A 78-year-old father is appealing for the return of his daughter's jewelry including a ring bearing the initials J.A.

Peter Vanpraete of Thamesville said the jewelery and two VCRs were stolen from his daughter's Orangewood Blvd. home during a break-in last week.

Vanpraete said his daughter, Debbie, is in Toronto General Hospital fighting for her life and awaiting a double lung transplant.

"We dare not tell her about the incident,'' said the elderly parent who was visually shaken by the ordeal.

"But we would like the ring returned because it was an heirloom from her grandmother.''

Vanpraete said the thief or thieves climbed an eight-foot fence to get into the backyard and then broke into the home, located near the Salvation Army Church.

"Every drawer upstairs and downstairs in the house was ransacked,'' he said. "But as far as we know the only items taken were jewelry and the VCRs.''

Vanpraete said the break-in was reported to the Chatham-Kent Police Service and an alarm system was installed last weekend.

Vanpraete said his daughter, a pharmacist, has been in hospital for two weeks.

Vanpraete said he doesn't want to cause problems for anyone but simply wants the ring returned.

"I can't believe anyone would stoop that low,'' he said. "They must have badly needed the items to sell for drugs or something.''

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