Reward Offered After Widow’s Old Love Letters Stolen in Daytime Glendale Burglary

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Rosaleen and John Rickerby are shown in a family photo. Love letters from John were stolen during an April 2015 burglary at the widow’s Glendale home.

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A case filled with decades-old love letters was stolen from an 80-year-old woman’s Glendale home during a daytime burglary on Thursday, and her son is offering a $2,000 reward — no questions asked — for their return.

Thieves broke into Rosaleen Rickerby’s Allen Avenue home Thursday afternoon and made off with all her jewelry, including her late husband’s wedding ring, along with gifts he’d given her over the years.

But most heartbreaking for Rickerby and her son was the theft of roughly 30 love letters mailed to her in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the 1950s by her “soul mate,” who died in December after a five-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I just feel like I’m losing him even more,” said her son, Mark Rickerby, who spent Friday driving through nearby alleys and sifting through trash in dumpsters hoping to find a discarded case of letters that he said would help him find his dad again. “They’re worthless to these people.”

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