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10 September 2017, 07:12
More than £100,000 worth of life savings and jewellery have been stolen from a "heartbroken" 75-year-old as he stayed out overnight.
The break-in was discovered by the householder when he returned at around 11.30am on Friday.
He had left his property in Carnegie Street, Dumfries, at 5pm on Thursday and stayed away overnight.
The raid amounts to what police describe as a "six-figure sum". It included his life savings, jewellery, watches and cash in the form of American dollars.
Detective Constable Lee Moscrop, Dumfries CID, said: "The householder is heartbroken at what's happened.
"Not only have his life savings been stolen, jewellery which is of tremendous sentimental value to him and his family has also been taken.
"Whether or not the thief or thieves knew what they were looking for or whether this was an opportunist who broke in, has still to be established but I would ask anyone who may have seen someone or a couple of people they didn't recognise hanging about the street near to or at the house in the past few days to contact police.
"Some of the cash taken was in £100 notes. To the everyday person on the street, these are rarely seen, so if you are a business dealing in currency and someone comes in using notes of that value, and if you have any suspicions about them, please get in touch."
Officers are checking CCTV and making local inquiries in an effort to trace those responsible.
Anyone with information can contact police in Dumfries via 101 quoting incident number 2245/09/09/17 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.