Thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of designer bags belonging to the mum of a grieving daughter. Olivia Becks lost her mum on Boxing Day last year after a long battle with illness.
The items were stolen from her car while she was away in Barcelona for the weekend. Olivia said she kept her mum’s collection in her car boot because she thought it would be safer than having them in her shared student house.
She said the stolen good had huge sentimental value.
The 23-year-old final year Broadcasting student at Nottingham Trent University said: “I live with other people too and it is a student house. People go in and out quite frequently.”
She left to go to Barcelona for the weekend and it was shortly after she returned on Monday (May 9) when she discovered that her car’s window had been smashed – and some valuable items were missing, reports NottinghamshireLive.
The total loss is estimated to be more than £7,000. Among the items taken was a collection of designer bags and other high-brand goods. They all belonged to her mum.
Melissa Fallon was 49 when she died on the morning of December 26. Alongside the bag collection, Olivia was also left Christmas presents that she has not felt able to unwrap. They were also in the car.
She said: “I haven’t been able to open those yet because it has just been too soon. So I don’t even know what was in there. I realised that it all had been taken.”
Ms Becks parked her car on Waverly Street, opposite Nottingham High School. She reported the incident to the police shortly after she realised what had happened.
Damage to the car window could also cost £350 to repair. She is now appealing for anyone who has seen the bags to get in touch with her. She added: “It is like they have taken away pieces of her. I am just devastated.”
Inspector Paul Fergusson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Officers are investigating a reported theft from a car in Waverly Street, Nottingham, that occurred at some point between Thursday 5 and Monday 9 May.
“We understand how upsetting incidents like this are for victims and are currently working to track down the person or people responsible. To this end we would like to hear form anyone with information about this case – particularly if they have been offered a handbag for sale from an unexpected source.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 296 of May 9, 2022.