Rings stolen from two residents at care home
INVESTIGATIONS are underway after rings were stolen from two residents with dementia at a Frenchay care home.
One was pulled from the finger of an 84-year-old woman and four more were taken from a display frame in the room of a 97-year-old woman at Begbrook House in Sterncourt Road.
Avon and Somerset police and the home's operator Barchester Healthcare are both investigating the thefts.
But relatives of one victim say they were unaware there had been another theft on the same weekend until the Voice shared a police appeal for information.
The 84-year-old woman had a gold full sovereign ring taken from her finger.
Police say she has died since the incident and the ring was "of great sentimental value to her family".
Fishponds resident Sheila Lockwood contacted the Voice after seeing the appeal for information because her mother had also been a victim of theft at the home.
Sheila's mum, who is 97, had her engagement ring, wedding ring, eternity ring and her mother's wedding ring in a frame on the wall of her room, because they no longer stayed on her fingers.
They were taken between 6pm on October 17 and 9am on October 18.
Sheila said she had only been able to see her mother twice since the lockdown in March and at the time the thefts happened, visits were not allowed.
She said: "Of all the things she has, it was always her rings she wanted to see."
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: "Enquiries into both thefts are ongoing. We’re keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked and we’ve not been made aware of any other similar occurrences taking place at the care home previously."
Police called on anyone who had seen any of the rings or had any other information about the thefts to call them on 101, quoting crime reference number 5220 236 963 in relation to the sovereign ring and 5220 236 956 in relation to the other four rings.
A spokesperson for Barchester Healthcare, which runs Begbrook House, said: "The team at Begbrook House Care Home is taking the alleged thefts very seriously. We are investigating internally and will be reporting our findings to family members directly.
"We continue to make the home as comfortable and safe an environment for our residents and staff as possible, with the well-being of our residents at the forefront of everything we do."