PRECIOUS war medals have been stolen by heartless burglars who raided the home of a Tredegar pensioner.
Seventy four-year-old Clarence Bruten of Cefn Golau was distraught to discover that his Great Uncle’s irreplaceable war medals were all missing along with his Grandfather’s watch after he was burgled. After returning home from a night out at around 10.30pm on Monday, March 15 Mr Bruten found that his front door had been damaged in order for someone to gain entry. He went inside and found all his lights turned on with music playing throughout the house. Mr Bruten said: “It was terrifying, I thought someone was still in there.” The pensioner realised that whoever had been inside his home had left having ransacked his cupboards leaving his house in a mess and making off with his treasured family possessions. The war medals were given to Mr Bruten by his Great Uncle Menz Lewis who served in the Canadian army after moving from his Tredegar home. He served in both World Wars and was decorated with many medals including the Burma Star and African Star. The medals were passed on to Mr Bruten on one of his many visits to Canada to visit the Uncle he admired so much. The thieves also took a watch etched with the name Tom Lewis, which had belonged to Mr Bruten’s grandfather. Mr Bruten said: “Those medals mean a lot to me, they have a lot of sentimental value. I’ll never be able to replace them.” He added that he was concerned that rather than being sold on the burglars would have had them melted down and would never be found again. He said: “I’m worried I won’t see them again. I’ve been searching around the markets just in case.” Brynmawr CID confirmed that a robbery had taken place and the items taken were a Burma Star medal an African Star medal, two silver long service medals, a Canadian Army medal and an Omega watch with the name Tom Lewis etched on the back. Also taken were a quantity of 4000 cigarettes, a Sony Sat-Nav and £110 in cash. Ebbw Vale Police CADRO Mike Smith said: “If anyone knows of the whereabouts of theses items please contact us as the owner obviously wants them back for sentimental reasons. People should be wary of anyone offering to sell any of these items on and contact the police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 01495 350999.