South East Wales

Dorothy Mayer: Man, 33, held over Cardiff home burglary

Dorothy Mayer
Image caption Dorothy Mayer said she wanted to meet the person responsible for the burglary

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a pensioner wrote an open letter to the person who ransacked her Cardiff home, say police.

Dorothy Mayer, 79, said she wanted to meet and talk "as a mother" to whoever burgled her home in Fairwater.

She returned from hospital the day before her grandson's funeral to find cash, jewellery and a phone stolen.

South Wales Police said a 33-year-old local man was being held in relation to a burglary on 17 January.

The man remains in custody at Cardiff Bay police station.

Mrs Mayer returned from a hospital appointment to find her front door was locked from the inside.

Her house had been ransacked and some belongings, including her wedding and engagement rings and a ring owned by her late husband, stolen.

The burglary happened the day before Mrs Mayer was to attend her grandson's funeral in Birmingham.

Christopher Vaughan, 18, drowned at Weymouth Harbour on 9 January.

Mrs Mayer also released a photo of the mess the intruder left behind.

Her open letter said: "Pity you didn't wait one more day, you would have had the house to yourself and maybe left it as you found it, clean and tidy, not like a tip."

Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting 62140016132.

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Image caption The mess left in Dorothy Mayer's home after the break-in

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