A Chesterfield jeweller says he is “overwhelmed” by the power of social media after 80,000 Facebook users rallied to give vital evidence after a £4,000 bracelet was stolen.
On Wednesday, September 9, a nine carat gold bracelet was stolen from Stuart Bradley Jewellers, in Burlington Street, which was valued at £4,000.
After discovering the theft, owner Stuart posted on Facebook that a £500 reward was available to anybody who could give information leading to the bracelet’s return.
Stuart said: “Within hours the post had been viewed by more than 80,000 people.
“We posted a CCTV image of the thief with the post, and we had countless people telling us exactly who the thief in the picture was.”
He added: “I don’t think the police knew quite what to do with all the information. We were sending them updates every couple of minutes.
“I was overwhelmed myself how many people helped out and I think the police were too.”
A spokesperson for Derbsyhire Police said that, as a result of information from Stuart, a suspected had been identified.
The spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing to trace the bracelet and the suspect will be interviewed in due course.”
Stuart said: “It is unfortunate that we haven’t had the bracelet back yet, it’s an expensive item for us to lose.
“Hopefully we will be reunited with it again soon, now that they have a suspect.
“Either way, it just goes to show the power that social media can have. Most people said they weren’t even interested in the reward.
If you have any information about the bracelet call Stuart on 01246 222777 or police on 101.