Margaret Maynard (left) is comforted by host Wendy Reynolds after the theft of a handbag containing 15 rings, stolen from the Reynolds' verandah.
Margaret Maynard (left) is comforted by host Wendy Reynolds after the theft of a handbag containing 15 rings, stolen from the Reynolds' verandah. The Northern Star

Woman mourns loss of stolen jewellery

MARGARET Maynard couldn't hold back the tears when she spoke about her grandmother's ring.

The piece of jewellery, which is more than 100 years old and valued at $5000, is one of 15 rings that the 62-year-old lost when her handbag was stolen on Tuesday evening while she and husband Warren were having dinner with friends, Wendy and William Reynolds, at the Reynolds' semi-rural home at East Wardell.

Nine adults and three children were enjoying dinner just eight metres from where the handbag was left on the verandah when the thieves struck sometime after 7pm.

Mrs Maynard, who lives at Vincentia, near Nowra on the NSW South Coast, said the theft of the bag and jewellery with a total value of $15,000 had left 'a sour taste' of her visit to the small village south of Ballina.

"I'm not careless (with my handbag). I never leave it," Mrs Maynard said.

"It was only that I was in someone's home (that I left the handbag unattended).

"I am so ropeable that I think if I had caught them in the act...I'd hate to think what I'd do.

"I'm sure they won't get the pleasure out of those rings that I did because they mean sweet bugger all to them. I cared about the person they were from."

Also taken was Mrs Maynard's own engagement and wedding ring which husband Warren gave to her 42 years ago, as well as an eternity ring which was a gift a year later. She wasn't wearing them because of arthritis in her fingers.

Her mother's rosary beads, while of no monetary value, also were in the bag, along with a ring which featured a cluster of diamonds shaped like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and another with a diamond cluster in the shape of a rose.

Mrs Maynard stopped at Wardell overnight with another couple on the way home after a holiday with a group of friends at Tweed Heads.

It's not the first time the 62-year-old and her husband Warren had visited Wardell - 'but I'll think twice about coming back'.


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