Treasured property stolen from an historic hotel owned by the family of Kiwi songstress Lizzie Marvelly has been found today.
The Weekend Herald columnist turned to social media to highlight the brazen theft posting pictures of a man captured on the Princes Gate Hotel in Rotorua seen leaving the hotel with a small but precious haul of family possessions.
The theft, which happened on January 2, included a treasured brass pot stand, two antique mirrors and a landscape painting.
Best news! 3 of 4 items stolen were just dropped at a church. Many thanks to all who RT-ed! Hoping for the 4th, but we're thrilled anyway!— Lizzie Marvelly (@LizzieMarvelly) January 8, 2016
At the time the songstress branded the thief "an asshole" and called on the public to help identify him.
But today the family has had some good news after some of the stolen items were dropped off at a local church.
"Best news! 3 of 4 items stolen were just dropped at a church. Many thanks to all who RT-ed! Hoping for the 4th, but we're thrilled anyway!
She said the only outstanding item was a mirror with a distinctive Maori carving frame.
Ms Marvelly told the Herald with recent developments the family were now hopeful it too might surface.
"We are holding out hope we might find it. Fingers crossed!" she said.