Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 3, 2013

Woman seeks return of stolen heirloom

ASHLAND — Dianna Adkins says the purse stolen from her vehicle on New Year’s Eve contained an item more precious to her than money.

She also has a message to convey to the person who took it: Please have a heart and give it back.

The item in question is a crucifix, about 4 inches tall by 2 1⁄2 to 3 inches wide. It’s made of bronze and isn’t really worth anything in terms of dollars and cents, Adkins said.

But, it’s priceless to Adkins because it belonged to her grandfather, the late Alfred Costanzo. He carried it with him the entire time he was stationed in France with the U.S. Army during World War II, she said.

Adkins, who was born and raised in New Jersey, said she still vividly remembers the day her grandfather passed the cross along to her. He removed it from a picture frame containing a photo of her mother, she said.

Costanzo died in 1992. And Adkins said she’s heartsick that one of the only things she has to remember him by — and with which he entrusted her — is gone.

According to Adkins, she and her husband, Boyd County Property Valuation Administrator Chuck Adkins, had gone to the Ashland American Legion Post to ring in the new year. They parked on the opposite side of Carter Avenue from the post, underneath a streetlight.

Adkins said she decided to leave her purse in the couple’s sport-utility vehicle, ironically enough because she didn’t want to have to worry about having anything stolen from it while she was celebrating at the legion. But, for whatever reason, the couple neglected to lock the vehicle, which made the purse easy pickings for the first thief who happened by.

The theft occurred between 8:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m., Adkins said.

In addition to the cross, Adkins said the purse contained pictures of her children that are of great sentimental value to her. She said if the person who took the purse would return those and the cross, no questions would be asked and she wouldn’t pursue charges.

She suggested the items could be dropped off at the Ashland Police Department. Or, those with information about them could call the APD’s Silent Witness hotline at (606) 329-1771.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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