However, in a strange act of thoughtfulness, the thieves saw fit to return Waroona West Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Greg Lewis’s national service medal.
Waroona officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jeff Taylor was disgusted the thieves had targeted the volunteer firefighter.
“The thieves had a change of heart and put the medals in a letterbox in town,” he said.
“A witness said they saw a man in a beanie putting items in the letterbox.”
Mr Lewis, who is 64 years old, said he would love to see the jewellery come back.
He said some of the stolen jewellery included irreplaceable family heirlooms with value far beyond its price.
Mr Lewis was fixing the fences around his property during the break-in. The fences were damaged during the Yarloop/Waroona fires.
The brazen thieves broke into his home after midday and “went through every cupboard”.
“They’re buggers, real nice people,” Mr Lewis said.
“If I’d got them, I would have shot them. They’re low-lifes to do that to people.”
The national medal the thieves returned was awarded to Mr Lewis for more than 15 years service as a volunteer firefighter.
It is awarded to people who risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
Sgt Taylor would like anyone with information about the thefts to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.