ECHUCA police are appealing to residents to keep an eye out for stolen war memorabilia snatched in the night while an elderly woman slept.
The disturbing aggravated burglary occurred in Kyabram on the weekend, leaving the 96-year-old resident traumatised.
The woman went to sleep about 8.30pm on Saturday and woke about 12.30am Sunday to find her Allan St home ransacked and her late husband’s war medals and Royal Australian Air Force log books, as well as cash and several trinkets, stolen.
Detective Sergeant Shane Kervin of the Echuca Investigation Unit said the elderly woman was distraught because the keepsakes were of ‘‘high sentimental value’’.
‘‘The air force log books were used as a diary of his accounts during his time with the airforce, so she’s quite upset about it,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a pretty nasty incident and has had a high impact due to the nature of the items stolen.
‘‘They are of no financial value to anyone else, but of huge significance to this woman, so it’s disappointing to say the least.’’
Echuca detectives are investigating and with no suspects, they are appealing to the public for help in catching the offenders. They have released an image of the replica war medals and appeal to anyone who comes across the stolen medals to contact police on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.