Second World War hero's bravery medals stolen from Wallington home
A SECOND World War hero has been left heartbroken after his bravery medals were stolen.
Detectives were this week on the hunt for the medals, which went missing from the home of Maurice Reaney in Wallington.
Mr Reaney, former headmaster of St Mary's High School in West Croydon, suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's and lives alone.
Detective Constable Mark Cooper, of Sutton's Burglary and Robbery Investigation Team, urged anyone with information about the medals to come forward so they could be returned to their owner.
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"All the victim wants is his medals back as they are of huge sentimental value.
"Someone may recognise these medals and may have been offered them to buy or even purchased them or know their whereabouts."
The medals had been kept on display in an 18in-square picture frame in Mr Reaney's hallway.
On June 25, his carer, who is a neighbour and has known the victim for more than two decades, noticed the frame had disappeared and immediately reported the loss to police. Detectives said they had found no sign of forced entry into his property and it is thought the thief may have sneaked into the house when the 88-year-old was in his back garden.
It is not clear at this stage when the frame was taken.
Police believe it could have gone missing the month before between May 25 and 28.
The medals include five military medals awarded between 1939-1945. The victim served in the Royal Tank Regiment between 1941-1947.
He was a captain and was awarded the Military Cross and two Star Medals.
Two other medals in the frame included the Pope John Paul II Papal Cross to commemorate his 31 years at the helm of St Mary's High School between 1953 and 1987.
Anyone with information can call Sutton's Burglary and Robbery Investigation Team on 020 8649 0777, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.