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Heartless crooks leave Kingswinford family coping with double agony
9:00am Thursday 3rd January 2013 in Local
HEARTLESS thieves delivered a second devastating blow to a Kingswinford family already reeling from tragedy.
West Midlands Police have revealed burglars targeted the home of an 83-year-old woman just days after her granddaughter was killed in a horror car smash in Cookley.
The family of Samantha Jennings, who died at the scene of the crash on Saturday December 8, are now also coming to terms with the loss of precious possessions after the raid at the house on Grantley Crescent.
Samantha's mother, Debbie Jennings, has been telling of the pain of coping with the sickening crime while dealing with the loss of her 26-year-old daughter, who she described as an angel.
Debbie Jennings said: “We are all heartbroken after losing Samantha in such a sudden and tragic way and then to find that this has happened to mum just days later is very difficult to take.
“The burglars have stolen jewellery including my late father’s wedding ring and his Rolex Hunter pocket watch. Both are of great sentimental value and totally irreplaceable, we just want them returned to us.
“I would hope that those who have done this were unaware of what the family was already going through, but that makes it no easier to get over.”
Samantha Jennings died from injuries she received when the car she was in hit a tree. She was a mother of two sons aged eight and nine and worked as a care assistant for adults with disabilities.
The shocking burglary happened during the afternoon of Sunday December 16.
The unnamed victim returned home at around 6pm to discover her house had been ransacked by crooks as they searched for valuables.
Detective constable Julie Woollaston, from West Midlands Police, said: “The Jennings family is going through a very difficult time and it would mean a lot to them if they could just see their treasured heirlooms returned.
“We urge anyone in the area who knows anything, or who has been offered old jewellery or watches for sale in recent days, to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call Dudley CID by dialling 101, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.