A grieving man has spoken of his heartbreak after burglars stole cherished possessions belonging to his girlfriend who had died from cancer just days before.
Chris Hunter, 41, was left devastated when he woke to find thieves had ransacked his home while he slept.
The raiders snatched irreplaceable items owned by his girlfriend of 10 years, Zoe Price, 40, who died on April 19 from breast cancer.
They made off with Zoe’s white iPhone X, containing priceless photos and messages which she wrote during her treatment.
Her Blue Audi with “treasured” personalised number plate ‘CH04 ZOE’ was also swiped, but it has since been recovered and is now with police forensics.
The thieves broke in through the backdoor of Mr Hunter’s home in Ecclesfield, South Yorks., at around 2am on Saturday morning.
Mr Hunter says the theft has deepened his agony and he has shared CCTV footage in a bid to bring the culprits to justice and retrieve the items which mean so much to him.
He said: “I was still using Zoe’s phone to contact people and it had photos and messages which she wrote during her treatment which are irreplaceable.
“I could buy a new phone or a car but I can’t get those memories back.”
He added: “When I went downstairs and saw my coats were on the floor my first thought was is this a sign from Zoe, but then I walked into the kitchen and saw all the cupboards and drawers open.
“Zoe was a very lovely, loving and loyal person who always put others before herself and I miss her so much.
“Being burgled has just taken all the fight out of me. The worst thing is they must have seen the cards and carried on. These people are so heartless.
“I just want them found and for them to realise what they’ve done.”
Zoe, an office administrator, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and had been in remission after undergoing successful treatment.
But the cancer returned, spreading rapidly, and she died just two days after returning to hospital when her condition suddenly deteriorated.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. They can mention the reference number 14/64252/18 which Chris says he was given by police.