When Joseph Smith’s home was burgled in October last year and jewellery, some of which belonged to his late wife, was stolen, he thought he would never see it again. But last month he got a surprise phone call from West Midlands Police to say it had been found.
The 77-year-old had arrived at his Druids Heath home after a night away to find it ransacked and TVs, a laptop and cash stolen along with the sentimental items of jewellery which included a first World War pocket watch and watches belonging to his wife who died eight years ago after 50 years of marriage.
With no CCTV or forensic evidence, there were no leads for police to trace the offender or the stolen items.
Just over a week later, nine-year-old Tamiia Laville was helping out in a police-led annual community clean-up off Brockworth Road, when she pulled a blue carrier bag from under a bush, thinking it was merely rubbish, but to her amazement, she found it full of jewellery.
She handed it to police and PCSO Nadeem Mahmood set about searching crime reports to find the owner, eventually tracing Mr Smith after a three month period
And last week, Mr Smith met up with the finder Tamiia to thank her in person for reuniting him with his treasured possessions.
PCSO Mahmood said: “Sometimes my job is so rewarding, and this was definitely one of those times!”