Cold Case: Ancient Mystery Uncovered

Posted on: 9:49 pm, November 13, 2012, by , updated on: 10:20pm, November 13, 2012

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – It’s a cold case unlike anything the Beachwood Police Department has seen before.

“It’s very unusual. I’ve been a policeman a long time and this is the first time I’ve ever seen this,” Cmdr. Keith Winebrenner said.

Police are trying to find the rightful owner of an old pocket watch from the 1890s and a silver Star of David pendant, stolen from someone’s home four decades ago.

“In July of this year, an individual came in who wanted to remain anonymous and this person said these items were stolen from a home in Beachwood in the 1970s,” Winebrenner said.

These two items are probably not worth a lot of money, but it is clear they are a rich part of someone’s family history and priceless when it comes to sentimental value.

Each of these items has a pretty big clue on it about who the rightful owners are. The pocket watch has an inscription inside that reads: “To Lillie, in memory of Relie, Sept. 6th, 1892.”

On the back of the Star of David pendant are the initials “H.T.S.”

Clearly they are family heirlooms, stolen four decades ago.

“Back in the 1970s none of the police reports were computerized so our clerks and our records people have spent the last two and a half months hand-checking all of our old reports to see if there were any items that matched these,” Winebrenner said. “They couldn’t find anything that matched.”

Winebrenner said it is possible the items may have been stolen in a nearby community, such as Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, Lyndhurst, or anywhere around Beachwood.

“We would hope that somebody would recognize either the names or the items and get a hold of the Beachwood Police Department so we can return them to a family member,” Winebrenner said.

If you know who these items belong to, you are asked to call Cmdr. Winebrenner at (216) 292-1947.