BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Police in Branford are looking for a thief or thieves who broke into the home of a longtime firefighter’s widow and stole about $10,000 worth of valuables while the woman was attending her husband’s funeral.

Fire Chief John Ahern tells The New Haven Register that items stolen Tuesday included a set of diamond earrings that Anthony Witkowski gave to his wife, Carol, at Christmas.

Witkowski served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly half a century, including 11 years as the captain of Hose Company 2. He died Jan. 22 at age 67.

Ahern called the theft “reprehensible” and said the thief or thieves also took items of immeasurable sentimental value.

Police are appealing to the public for any information on the crime.
Information from: New Haven Register,

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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