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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Northeast Philadelphia family is asking the public’s help in recovering sentimental items that were stolen from their mother’s home on Monday.

The home of 85-year-old Dorothy Adair on the 9200 block of Crispin Street was broken into Monday between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Among the items the thieves stole was a quilt made of her late husband’s favorite T-shirts, a jewelry box that included his rosary beads and his dog tags.

quilt Thieves Steal Quilt Made From Late Husbands T Shirts, Rosary Beads From 85 Year Old Womans Home

A quilt made of Dorothy Adair’s late husband’s t-shirts were stolen from her home. (credit: Fran Adair Ezzai/Facebook)

Her husband, Francis Adair, passed away last May after battling Alzheimer’s disease.

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Their daughter, Fran Adair Ezzai, tells CBS Philly that her mother went to bed every night with the rosary beads and the quilt.

“These things were very sentimental to her. She slept with this blanket every night. These were his T-shirts,” she said.

Ezzai says the thieves only had a short window to break into her mother’s place on Monday morning.

“They only had 20 to 25 minutes tops,” she said, adding that her mother’s door was kicked open and the jamb was kicked out.

“We just want the items back, no questions asked,” said Ezzai.

Dorothy Adair has four daughters, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family is just hoping to get these items back that mean so much to her.

“She’s just heartbroken. Anything else we can replace,” said Ezzai.

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Police do not have any suspects in the case.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please reach out to police at 215-686-3154/3153.


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