Bereaved mother's pain over theft
A bereaved mother has said she is "filled with such sadness" at the theft of a necklace that belonged to her 11-year-old son who was killed in a car accident.
Amirthaluxmy Arunthavalingam spoke out after the sovereign necklace and a sympathy card were stolen when a security guard was attacked as he left a bank in East Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex on November 8.
Her family had decided to store several items of jewellery, including the pendant and gifts from a wedding dowry, in a safety deposit box to protect it from burglars.
But they had asked for it to be delivered to an agreed location ahead of a family celebration.
She said: " I gave the chain and pendant to my son when he was eight years old. When he tragically died in the accident I wanted to make sure that I kept these forever to remember him by. This incident has filled us with such sadness and we would ask people to help us and get these back to us."
Her son Nivakar died in March 2008 when he was hit by a car as he walked to school.
Detective Sergeant Hywel Davies of the Metropolitan Police said: "The Arunthavalingam family are clearly very upset over the loss of the items which have a significant sentimental value to them. Mrs Arunthavalingam has not only lost her son but she has now lost the few remaining items she dearly treasured which belonged to Nivakar.
"This is an unusual cash in transit robbery that we are dealing with as most robberies would involve a sum of money being stolen rather than jewellery.
"We believe that the suspect targeted the custodian unaware that there was jewellery and written mementoes rather than money in the box.
"This robbery has left the family completely devastated and I would urge the person who stole the items to hand themselves in now before we find them. There is a team of dedicated officers working to trace this individual and to ensure that the Arunthavalingam family get their treasured belongings back."
He also asked pawn brokers to contact police if they have been offered "a significant amount" of Asian jewellery.
"I would also urge anyone including those from the pawn-broking industry who have been offered a significant amount of Asian jewellery for sale to please get in contact with us; your information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
"We have a family that has been left completely heartbroken by the robbery, if you have any information please do not remain silent. No matter how small the information you hold is please do get in contact."
The robbery suspect is a black man in his mid-20s who is around 5ft 8in and was wearing a black woolly hat. He drove off in a silver Alfa Romeo hatchback which was later recovered by police.