Port Pirie local Dianne Crocker wants whoever stole her father's service medals to return them to the family.
Ms Crocker was devastated when she discovered the medals were missing just before Anzac Day and has been hoping for their safe return.
She said she had just returned from a trip over Easter and went to find the medals ahead of Anzac Day, but was unable to find them.
"I thought how am I going to tell my brother and my sister?" Ms Crocker said.
"I was devastated and really sad to think that someone would do this."
She contacted police to report they were missing, but has since heard nothing about investigations into the theft.
Ms Crocker said the medals had a lot of sentimental value in her family and she could not understand why anyone would steal them.
"They mean nothing to anyone else, why would anyone pinch someone's service medals?" she said.
"Everyone is saying I'll probably get them back, but I can't see that.
"Is someone going to come along and say, 'Here we are Dianne, sorry I took the medals, you can have them back,' because I don't think that's going to happen."
The medals belonged to John "Jack" Crocker, who served in the army before joining the navy as a cook.
Ms Crocker said, because she was lucky enough to have her father return from war, the medals held extra value to the family.
She said she had worn them herself while marching on Anzac Day a few years ago.
"Anzac Day was always special to us," she said.
"[Dad] would always get up for dawn services, then he'd march and he'd have a whole day out.
"When I marched a few years ago, I felt so proud."
Ms Crocker said there had been a number of people in the community saying the medals would find their way home sooner or later, but she was not feeling optimistic.
"I'm not building my hopes up to think they're going to be returned," she said.
"If anyone knows the whereabouts, the family would like them to be returned."
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