Grieving mum’s stolen laptop returned after heartfelt appeal
A grieving mother’s stolen laptop has been recovered following a desperate appeal to return it to her.
Natalie Elbrow was at a hospice saying a final goodbye to daughter Daisy, 15, when her home in Bournemouth, Dorset, was burgled.
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Among the items stolen was the Apple MacBook Air laptop that Mrs Elbrow used to store hundreds of photos of Daisy, who died on November 19 after a cancer battle.
But Mrs Elbrow has now been reunited with the laptop – and the priceless photos – after it was handed in to a police station.
The member of the public that returned the laptop told officers it had been sold to them in suspicious circumstances.
Mrs Elbrow, 47, said: ‘Daisy was a real fighter. She fought that cancer to the very end and was so brave.
‘She spent more time in hospital than out and that laptop meant everything to her.
‘She was so weak that she was forced to spend most days in bed and it gave her a portal to the outside world.
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‘It had all her things on it and all her photos. It meant so much to Daisy.’
A white Xbox One, daisy Pandora earrings and cash were also stolen in the burglary and remain outstanding.
The house was targeted between 10.45am and 1pm while Mrs Elbrow visited her daughter one last time at hospice Julia’s House.
Caleb Warren, 32, of Poole, has been charged with burglary and was due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
A 36-year-old woman from Bournemouth has been charged with handling stolen goods and is due to appear in January.
Detective sergeant Adam Woolman said: We are thrilled that Natalie has now been reunited with her daughter’s MacBook and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who shared the appeal and to the member of the public who handed it in.
‘We have had a wonderful response from the community including lots of offers of rewards and replacements.
‘We still want to trace the Xbox and earrings. If you have any further information regarding these items or anything else that could assist with our investigation, please contact Dorset Police.’