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Bletchley thieves steal wedding ring from finger of man, 82

Subramaniam Vijayaratnam
Image caption "I never thought it would happen to me," burglary victim Subramaniam Vijayaratnam said

Thieves wrenched a wedding ring from the finger of an 82-year-old man during a raid on his home.

The gang of burglars threatened Subramaniam Vijayaratnam, ripping a telephone cord from the wall when he tried to call police.

The three men, described as white, also tore a gold chain from his neck before ransacking the property and making off with a "large amount of jewellery".

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the crime on 4 April.

Mr Vijayaratnam was alone in the house in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, when he noticed the men in the rear of his property at about 20:00 BST, officers said.

Image caption Mr Vijayaratnam wore his wedding ring on his right hand

"I cannot imagine how frightened the victim must have been as the three offenders ransacked his home for about 20 minutes, during which time they stole a gold chain from his neck and his wedding ring from his finger," PC Christopher Bigg said.

"Thankfully, the victim was not injured during the incident but he has lost a number of items of jewellery that have great sentimental value."

"Physically, fortunately, I've not been affected," Mr Vijayaratnam said.

"But I think that mentally, well, you can't describe it. I never thought it would happen to me."

Detectives are looking for the three men who they believe left the property via Cornwall Grove, where a getaway vehicle may have been parked.

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