Publicity leads to brooch's rapid return

By Nick Bosma

A picture is worth a thousand words or one semi-precious brooch.

Evan and Deborah Price did not know anything had been stolen from their Hastings home - until they saw Tuesday's Hawke's Bay Today.

Mr Price said his wife was reading the newspaper when she came across a familiar looking piece of jewellery on page three.

Curious to follow up on her hunch, she dug out a photo of her daughter wearing that same brooch - 20 years ago.

"Up to that stage we didn't know it was missing," Mr Price said.

With proof in hand, the husband and wife were able to get the brooch back from police.

The pin had been handed down through the women of the family, meaning it had come through Mrs Price's grandmother and mother, and then the jewellery found its way to their daughter.

The police had made an arrest and were appealing to the owner to claim it, which is how it came to be pictured in Tuesday's Hawke's Bay Today.

The pin was semi-precious, and had "more sentimental value than anything else", Mr Price said.

He wanted to praise the police and said it was incredible how quickly they had returned the jewellery to the family.

He was "not really fussed" about going to watch the youth's court appearance on July 9, because he considered the matter to be done and dusted.

A 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged in relation to a string of burglaries in Hastings and Havelock North.

A member of the public alerted police when they saw a youth trying to break into a car on Whitehead Rd, on June 26. The brooch was found in his backpack when police searched him. The youth also had knives in his possession.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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