Joy as nine-year-old girl reunites Druids Heath pensioner with sentimental jewellery stolen from his home
Written by Tristan Harris on March 5, 2019
A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl has reunited a pensioner with sentimental jewellery which belonged to his late wife and was stolen in a burglary.
Joseph Smith, 77, arrived at his Druids Heath home after a night away to find it ransacked and TVs, a laptop and cash had been taken along with the jewellery.
Among the haul was his First World War pocket watch and other watches belonging to his wife who died eight years ago after they had been married for 50 years.
A week later Tamiia Laville was helping out in a police-led community clean up off Brockworth Road and found a blue carrier bag under a bush which was full of the man’s jewellery.
She handed it to police and PCSO Nadeem Mahmood began a search for the owner. It took three months to pair Joseph back with his items.
Last week Tamiia went to meet the pensioner so he could say thank you in person for her finding his things.
PCSO Mahmood said: “Sometimes my job is so rewarding, and this was definitely one of those times!”