Police are hunting burglars who stole watches and jewellery in an early evening raid.
Thieves broke in through the kitchen window of a house in Jackson Close, Rainhill, shortly after 7pm on Friday, February 27.
Police patrols were alerted by a neighbour after a burglar alarm activated while the homeowner was away on holiday.
It is believed that the offenders tried to tamper with the alarm after breaking in, before searching the house and stealing valuables from an upstairs bedroom.
Among the 50 items stolen were a green onyx ring belonging to the 52-year-old victim’s father, two silver children’s christening bangles and two children’s gold cygnet rings.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary, saw anything suspicious in the area that night, or has been offered jewellery and watches for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact them.
DC Jeff Huxley, of St Helens CID, said: “This is a large and diverse collection of jewellery that the victim had been gathering for a while. Some are rings and necklaces of great sentimental value and other pieces are fashionable watches but each one is recognisable by the owner and we are keen to get them back.
“The burglary happened on the night Saints played Castleford Tigers so I would urge local people to cast their minds back to that evening in case they remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious. It is possible there were two offenders and they may have appeared out of place in Jackson Close - a cul-de-sac.
“I also want to appeal to anyone who has been offered watches or jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances, perhaps at an unusual location or at a knock down price, to contact me in case these are the missing valuables.
“This man has lost a collection of things that are very dear to him and I would encourage anyone who can help the police investigation to call St Helens CID or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”