Thieves stole £1,000 of memorial funds from the grieving family of Billericay teacher Sarah Cobb while they weren't at home visiting her grave.

The family of the 27-year-old are now pleading for help finding thieves who made off with the cash, family jewellery, 600 US Dollars and Sarah's younger sister's grey Mini Cooper S.

Their home in Great Berry Lane, Langdon Hills, was burgled on Sunday, December 15 just weeks after the Year Four teacher at Quilters Junior School, Billericay, died from a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lungs.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Fiancé Phil Kemp told the Gazette"]We had raised money for Sarah's memorial and all that money has been taken. The money was amongst hundreds of sympathy cards and it was going towards maintaining and making sure her grave is looked after. It was also going to go to the school and getting a memorial for Sarah set up there. It's not so much about what they have taken. Hopefully they don't know the emotional connection to the money.[/quote]

At around 3pm, the family went to Herongate where Sarah is buried and when they returned a few hours later they realised they had been broken into.

Mr Kemp continued: "We are all a bit shaken. I'm quite psychologically affected and nervous around the house. We had just come back from a vacation to help us try to get over what happened. You can't get much worse than what's happened in the past two months – this is just another setback."

The family is now desperate for the burglars to see the sentimental value of this money and the impact of their actions. Mr Kemp added: "We just want someone to think of Sarah – that's all we want."

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Spokesperson for Essex Police"]Police are investigating a burglary at a house in Great Berry Lane which is thought to have taken place sometime between 3 and 5.48pm on Sunday, December 15. The thieves got into the house by forcing the front door. They made an untidy search of the property before stealing cash and jewellery and then taking a grey Mini Cooper which was parked on the drive. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area or who has any information about the break-in.[/quote]

Can you help with the investigation?

Call Basildon CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Article sourced from Brentwood Gazette

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