WATCH: A Nanaimo senior who was attacked and robbed by a masked intruder in a recent home invasion has had some of her faith in others restored along with her beloved wedding rings. When the 79-year-old first spoke to CHEK News on Jan. 15, pleading for the return of her stolen rings, she feared she’d never see them again, but since the story aired she says “a miracle” has happened.
Seventy-nine-year-old Jean Cummings is glowing.
"I just couldn't believe it," said the Nanaimo resident. "I still can't believe it," she said.
Cummings is ecstatic because eighteen days after they were stolen from her bedroom, the Nanaimo grandmother's wedding rings have been returned.
All three bands she's worn for the past 40 years are now back on her hand once again
"This is a miracle to get 'em back," said Cummings.
The last time CHEK News spoke to the Nanaimo senior, she was reliving being attacked by a masked intruder in her home. She told us how she fought back. She had already been victimized by someone two days earlier when they came into her home while she was sleeping and stole her rings. They were all that she had left of her late husband.
"I need those rings back, I do," said Cummings on Jan. 15.
Nanaimo RCMP say the news coverage teamed with their investigation clearly worked.On Monday, a woman walked into the RCMP detachment, saying she'd been handed the three rings by a friend who'd bought them from an apparent addict who was downtown. After hearing about Jean's ordeal, she said she had to give them back.
"That person was not prepared to say who turned over the rings to them," said Const. Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. "Just safe to say the rings have been turned over to the victim from the home invasion."
"I can't believe the three of them came back," said Cummings.
"I thank the lady for turning them in. Really."
Cummings says getting her rings back has given her the first good night's sleep since the home invasion.
She also has new security bars now up in her home.