Appeal to find owners of jewellery stolen from the elderly in Stretford and Sale

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POLICE are trying to trace the owners of property suspected of being stolen by a woman with links to Stretford and Sale, who was employed to provide services to the elderly.

In August 2013, police were alerted to fraudulent transactions taking place on an account belonging to a 79-year-old woman from Stretford.

A 43-year-old woman who was employed by a care agency to provide services to the elderly in their homes in Stretford and Sale was arrested on suspicion of theft and fraud.

It was established that the woman also used to work for a company delivering meals to the elderly in Stockport and Wythenshawe.

As part of the investigation, her house was searched and slip was recovered from a store that pays cash for goods.

Following further investigations it was discovered the woman had been using about 10 such stores to cash in items of gold jewellery over a two year period.

Many items have been smelted but some have been recovered by police and officers are trying to locate the owners.

Items include a gold ring that is inscribed 'Joe to Marie April 20th 1927'.
PC Rachel Worthington-Jones, said: "We believe, from our investigations to date, that items, specifically gold jewellery that we suspect to be stolen has been cashed in at a number of stores over a two year period.

"These items are most likely from homes of elderly, vulnerable people and we are obviously concerned by this and are thoroughly investigating.

"I would ask the public to look closely at the images of the items we have been able to recover and if you recognise any of the pieces please call us."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7655.

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