Family heirloom jewelry stolen from Irvington home

Shelby Zornes and a picture of her great-grandfather (left) along with the stolen locket (right). (WTHR/Shelby Zornes)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Shelby Zornes bought a home in the historic Irvington neighborhood on the east side of Indianapolis about a year ago.

Zornes loves the small town feel in the big city and still feels safe despite her home being broken into last Friday while no one was home.

But Zornes is saddened by what the thieves took that can’t be replaced. Zornes believes the burglar(s) pushed in her side door sometime around 11:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day. She believes they were probably on foot in the neighborhood, because all they took from the home were a jewelry box and a jar of change with perhaps $20 in coins.

The most precious piece of jewelry taken was a family heirloom locket handed down to Zornes. The locket was purchased in New York City by her great grandfather, William “Dock” Pleasant McMackin, when he was drafted into the Navy from Switzerland County during World War II. Zornes kept a picture of herself and her sister as small children inside the locket.

"It probably wasn't worth anything, nothing fancy,” said Zornes. “I wear it on special occasions. Every now and then I just like to look at it because it makes me warm and fuzzy, because we don't have my great grandmother anymore and she would always tear up when I would wear it. So, it's just a hard one to lose."

Also stolen were a necklace and earrings that belonged to Zornes’ grandmother, as well as a high school class ring, college sorority jewelry, and some other sentimental holiday and milestone jewelry gifts.

“Why wouldn't they have taken something bigger, or the TV, something like that?” asked Zornes. “They had to have been wanting to get in and out with something small enough they could fit in a coat is what I'm suspecting."

Police have advised Zornes to check local pawn shops for her stolen jewelry. She is offering a reward for any items returned or information that leads to their return.

She prefers people contact police but can also be reached through her Facebook page.

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