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$10,000 reward being offered in case of missing jewelry

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - A safety deposit box is supposed to be a safe place to store valuables, but not the gold jewelry one woman had stored there valued at over $250,000 is gone.  Now there's a desperate plea from the woman to find the person responsible for stealing the goods.

The woman, whose name is being protected for fear of being targeted again, had been collecting jewelry since childhood.  Instead of taking vacations, buying pedicures, she said jewelry was her passion.

"Some people collect coins, some people collect stamps – to me it was jewelry," said the woman.

She opened a safety deposit box at the Metropolitan National Bank branch on Financial Centre Parkway in Little Rock assuming her jewelry would be safe there.  But in September 2013, after not checking her box for the better part of a year she came back to see everything was gone except her sterling silver, pearls and savings bonds.

"He must have soiled himself when he opened up that drawer and saw everything," she said.

The woman said the contents of the safety deposit box were financial security for the future, concerned about her health and the possibility she may have to be put in a nursing home in the not too distant future. 

But not only was her financial future stolen, but the memories behind each piece of jewelry.

"My mother died in her forties and she gave me an anklet to wear," recalled the woman, mentioning it had broken so she had placed it in the box.  "I've always had an anklet on, I've never not had an anklet on until now."

Metropolitan National Bank has since been sold to Simmons First National Bank.  On Tuesday, Amy Johnson, senior vice-president of Simmons First released this statement:

"Based on our findings at this time, we have no reason to believe there was any wrong doing on the part of Metropolitan National Bank."

Now this woman is offering a $10,000 Crimestoppers reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the crime.

"This person took our past and our future," lamented the woman.

If you have any information on the case you're urged to call Little Rock Crimestoppers at (501) 371-INFO (4636).