A local vicar will be leaving his parish in Scorton with bittersweet memories after thieves broke in and stole £15,000 of his wife’s jewellery.
The theft happened as David Brown and his wife Hanna prepared to move from their home in Snow Hill Lane.
Some of Hanna’s jewellery had belonged to her mother and grandmother and included items that predated the Russian Revolution.
Rev Brown, vicar of Barnacre, Calder Vale and Scorton, is moving to Poland, where his dentist wife Hanna is from, to take up a new post in Warsaw.
He said: “It’s a very sad end to our time here. But we are being very philosophical about it – it’s only possessions and we’re not too bothered about that.”
The thieves’ haul included gold ear-rings, bracelets and pendants, crosses, gold coins dating from the 1900s and a distinctive pre-revolution Russian brooch with diamonds and sapphires in a flower design.
Rev Brown said: “It’s the emotional side of it all. They were all things that belonged to her mother, grandmother and family, and that’s always the difficult thing. They are irreplaceable in that way.”
But he added: “We’ve got each other and a wonderful family, and I’ve the best wife in the world and the best job in the world. So you can’t really get upset about unimportant things.”
He added that both he and his wife had ensured previous traumas in their lives and this put the theft in perspective.
He said that in preparation for the move Hanna had collected her jewellery together and put it in a supermarket bag with an elastic band round the top and this had been placed in a washstand cupboard.
When she had returned to their house, she saw the elastic band on the bed and looked in the cupboard to find the jewellery gone.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.