'Heartless' Thieves Steal Photos, Hearing Aids From Child With Rare Disease

Precious family photos and a child's hearing aids have been stolen, with a family desperate for their return.

Victoria Police believe a group of thieves entered a house in Croydon, in Melbourne's north east, between 12pm and 5pm last  Friday, entering the Justin Court house by prying a back door.

A video camera and tapes, containing footage of the family's three children, were stolen from the property. One of the children, who has a rare disease, also had hearing aids stolen -- a crime Victoria Police called "heartless".

The family are "desperate" for the return of their precious memories, as the child's illness is said to lead to a limited life expectancy, police said.

Other items stolen from the family include a prayer book that belonged to the victim's late grandmother, as well as heirloom jewellery.

Moorandah Crime Investigation Unit have released photos of the jewellery in the hope someone recognises them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.