PRECIOUS memories of a deceased woman being kept for her 5-year-old son were stolen from her distraught mother’s Riverside home on Sunday night.
Nanjing Night Net

The collection of photos, letters she had written, jewellery, funeral documents and DVD put aside since the unexpected death of Natalie Richardson, 32, in June, were grabbed as loot along with electronics and a laptop containing a store of family photos.

Police have branded the theft “disgusting”.

For brothers Joshua and Peter Richardson it was like losing their big sister all over again.

“We don’t care about the other stuff,” Joshua said.

“We just wanted to pass on all her jewellery and her belongings _ she has got a 5-year-old and we have got nothing to pass on now.

“We would love to get any of it back _ it would be a blessing, because there’s not much left.”

After struggling through Christmas without the sister they described as “the life of the party” the Richardsons were hoping to make a fresh start in 2012.

“Then two days into the new year, this happens.” Joshua said.

The brothers said their mother discovered the burglary when she returned home yesterday morning.

Peter said the close family had been rocked by Natalie’s death and the theft of the box of memories was an unbearable loss.

“She’s gutted,” he said.

“We are all still going through it, especially mum.”

Detective Sergeant Mike Gillies, of Launceston CIB, called on the thieves to tap into their conscience and give Natalie’s things back.

“Every now and then we attend a job that truly disgusts us, and this is one of them,” he said.

“The property related to the departed sister has great sentimental value to the family while having very little value to anyone who might come across it,” he said.

Detective Sergeant Gillies said police had gathered forensic evidence from the property and would continue to investigate.

He asked anyone with information about the burglary to call Launceston CIB on 6336 3912 or leave an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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