OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – A nearly 90-year-old Asian woman was stolen from priceless personal memorabilia when she moved out of her Oakland home on Memorial Day.
She spoke exclusively to ABC7 news anchor Dion Lim about the brazen theft.
“I don’t think things have any value to them,” said Zhu. “I hope she can give it back to me.”
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One photo shows 89-year-old Jane Zhu sitting on the only remaining box with her belongings that her son and grandchildren wanted to load into their car on Monday afternoon.
“𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁! 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗺𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 ”
This is 89-year-old Ms. Zhu sitting on her last moving box. This woman is said to have stolen the rest.
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– Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) June 1, 2021
But before her family could get to the curb, a woman suddenly pulled up and silently began to load at least three of her moving boxes into the car.
“I didn’t think something like this would happen suddenly,” said Zhu. “My husband died. Everything, the books, the photos, everything that is very important to me.”
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This includes a priceless Chinese-English dictionary that Ms. Zhu and other professors worked on in China for 14 years and then used to teach English to young people.
“I don’t like to blame people,” said Zhu. “I say ‘God bless us’. I would tell her that. I hope she can give it back to me.”
She even begged the thief not to take the items with her.
“I said, ‘Don’t take this! It has no value, it’s just my family history, documents, photos, and books,'” Zhu said. “It is precious to me, but not precious to you.
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Another elderly neighbor who rushed to help Ms. Zhu said she was followed by the thief into the apartment building and knocked to the ground. She sustained an injury from the fall.
Zhu was not injured, but says that she cannot sleep at night. She hopes someone will see her dictionary and photos and give them back.
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