Thieves return signed jersey stolen from cancer patient Jamie (13)
A DUBLIN family were gobsmacked after a precious signed Manchester United jersey and other items stolen in a burglary from their young son who is battling a brain tumour were left in a neighbour's garden following public appeals.
Heartless raiders ransacked the family home in Woodstown in Knocklyon on Thursday last week.
The signed Man Utd jersey and football that were stolen were among the prized possessions of 13-year-old Jamie King.
But yesterday morning a neighbour found a white plastic bag in her garden with some of the missing items in it.
"The jersey and ball, as well as Jamie's Beats speakers and a phone have been returned," Jamie's mother Claudine told the Herald this morning.
"But the jewellery I inherited from my mother, including her engagement ring, is still gone."
Soccer-mad Jamie was "devastated" when his sporting memorabilia, iPad, iPhone, Beats speakers, earphones and even his piggy bank were taken.
He has been through a lot in the past year after he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.
Since last June he has had to undergo a number of painful operations, and the family had to relocate to Germany for a 10-week bout of proton radiation therapy.
Despite his gruelling treatment, Jamie still has about 20pc of the tumour as it cannot be removed fully because of where it is on the brain.
"The gardai came this morning to take the bag and the items away for a forensic examination, but Jamie is obviously delighted to know they are back," said Claudine.
"Obviously we are happy that most of Jamie's prized items are back, but we are still devastated at the house being turned upside down and that my mother's jewellery is still missing," she added.
Gardai in Rathfarnham are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Knocklyon area on Thursday last week.