A grieving girl has been left devastated after thieves stole high-end designer bags from her car while she was in Barcelona. Olivia Becks, who lost her mother to multiple organ failure following a long battle with illness, said valuables have huge sentimental value.
The 23-year-old is a final-year broadcasting student at Nottingham Trent University. She said she kept her mother’s collection of bags in the trunk of her car because she thought it was safer than keeping them at home. “I also live with other people and it’s a student house,” she said. “People come in and out quite frequently.”
She left for Barcelona for the weekend and it was shortly after returning on Monday May 9 that she discovered her car window had been smashed – and valuables were missing.
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The total loss is estimated at over £7,000, including a collection of designer bags and other high-brand items. The items belonged to his mother who died on Boxing Day last year.
Melissa Fallon was 49 when she died on the morning of December 26. Along with collecting bags, Ms Becks also left Christmas gifts that she felt unable to unwrap. They were also in the car.
She said, “I haven’t been able to open them yet because it was too soon. So I don’t even know what was in them. I realized everything was taken.”
Ms Becks parked her car on Waverly Street, directly opposite Nottingham High School. She reported the incident to the police shortly after realizing what had happened.
Damage to the car’s window could also cost £350 to repair. She is now appealing to anyone who has seen the bags to contact her. She added, “It’s like they took pieces of her away. I’m just devastated.”
Inspector Paul Fergusson, Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Officers are investigating a reported theft from a car in Waverly Street, Nottingham, which occurred sometime between Thursday 5th and Monday 9th May .
“We understand how upsetting incidents like this are for victims and are currently working to trace the person(s) responsible. To that end, we would like to hear from anyone with information about this case – particularly if a bag handbag was offered to them for sale from an unexpected source.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 296 of May 9, 2022.