Widow, 82, pleads for return of rings stolen by accused burglar - New York News

Widow, 82, pleads for return of rings stolen by accused serial burglar

Posted: Updated:
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

They were symbols of the love she shared with her husband for over half a century, but an 82-year-old Burnsville widow who lost $20,000 in jewelry to an accused serial burglar is hoping someone will return them.

They represent a lifetime of memories, but Nettie Broyles says her most precious possessions were the three rings her husband of over 50 years gave to her over the years.

In her life, Broyles has suffered plenty of losses -- from losing her husband to her son, but she said the theft is almost too much to take.

"It's not only the jewelry," she explained. "It's the security and the feeling that someone has been in here and invaded your privacy and taken away part of your life."

Prosecutors say Andrew Page broke into the office of the senior living co-op where Broyles lives last month and took a master key. Investigators claim he then used that key to get into Broyles' apartment and steal 16 pieces of jewelry.

"He opened this and took eight rings out of here," Broyles explained.

Her diamond engagement ring and a larger diamond her husband gave her for their 50th wedding anniversary were among those stolen.

"It's heartbreaking to think that human beings are that low and desperate," Broyles told FOX 9 News.

Police say Broyles wasn't Page's only victim either. Charging documents claim he also broke into the office of another senior living complex a few blocks away and made off with cash, rent checks and another set of master keys intended for firefighters to use in case of an emergency.

"To prey upon the elderly, to prey upon the defenseless, to prey upon people who have lived a long and good life and have to suffer like this in later years -- that's a sad thing," said Dakota county Attorney James Backstrom. "We take these types of crimes seriously."

Page is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, but he's also being investigated for similar crimes in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Apple Valley and Woodbury while he remains on home electronic monitoring due to health issues.

So far, however, investigators say he's offered no hint of where the stolen goods may be -- but Broyles says each missing piece now holds part of her broken heart.

"Each piece has a story," she said. "It hurts. It hurts bad, but I try not to be too mean about it."

Page will return to court in a few weeks.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District

    Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:39:26 GMT
    When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday.
    When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday.
  • Times Square characters: we don't work for free

    Times Square characters: we don't work for free

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:02:47 GMT
    Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing.
    Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing.
  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:42:31 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices