Widow's Studio City home burglarized, wedding ring stolen

STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A widow in Studio City had her home broken into and precious memories of her late husband were stolen, including her wedding ring.

Sarah Bencivenga thought losing her husband Matt just six months ago to cancer was the hardest thing she would have to face.

That was until cold-hearted thieves stole her treasured wedding ring from her late husband. Police said the crooks were caught on camera.

"Obviously my wedding ring has so many special memories that can't ever be replaced," Bencivenga said. "Lots of other things were taken, watches and things that have sentimental value to me, but of course the wedding ring is something that I would've always cherished."

Cameras were rolling when the thieves broke into Bencivenga's home late Wednesday evening.

Authorities said they stole a large safe, which was empty, and all of the jewelry they could find.

The thieves loaded all the valuables into pillowcases from Bencivenga's bed before making their way out to an awaiting car, according to officials.

The alarm company alerted Bencivenga to the break-in, but nothing could prepare her for what she found the in the bedroom: The thieves had even going through her husband's urn.

"I look under my bed I see my husband's remains alongside my missing jewelry and the other emotions that obviously terrify you, enter your room and see that someone invaded your personal space," Bencivenga said.

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the break-in and checking to see if the suspects had struck in the neighborhood before.

Bencivenga hoped someone would recognize the thieves or her precious wedding ring and do the right thing.

"Just thinking back of all the special occasions and the time we got engaged and how I got it. That's all I want, my wedding ring," Bencivenga said holding back tears.

If you have any information that can help police locate the suspects, you were urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-527-3247.
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