THE owner of a £35,000 Cartier bangle has been reunited with the jewellery thanks to a quick-thinking shop-owner.
Julie Healey, the daughter-in-law of multi-millionaire Malcolm Healey, lost the 18 carat gold, diamond-encrusted bangle when she was in a bar in Princes Avenue in Hull, with a daughter and a friend.
Fearing her favourite piece of jewellery was gone for good, she rang round jewellers and pawnbrokers.
A woman called in at Branton’s jewellers in Hepworth Arcade, Hull, the following day, trying to sell the bracelet, but owner Rob Furmage took her name and number and called the police.
Mrs Healey revealed yesterday she did not want to press charges because “people do desperate things in desperate times”.
“You just never know what people’s circumstances are and people do desperate things in desperate times,” she said. “It is rough times for everybody.
“I’d gone for a meal earlier with my best friend and my daughter on Princes Avenue and we were having a drink in Duke’s, but when I got home I noticed the bracelet had gone, it has a faulty clasp. I immediately rang the bar and others we’d been to, but they said no one had handed it in.”
She has since taken a bottle of champagne round to Mr Furmage’s shop. “If it wasn’t for Rob I wouldn’t have got it back; he’s a really decent person. I think the police and Rob need recognition in doing such a good job.”
Mr Furmage said he believed the woman had been asked by someone else to bring it in, and had no idea of its worth.
He said: “The day after Mrs Healey rang a lady came in wanting to sell it. I concocted a story just to get her to leave it with us for 15 minutes while I checked it out. I got the impression the lady was unaware that she was involved in any kind of wrong-doing. If I had given her £50 she would probably have taken it.”
Humberside Police urged people with valuable property to register it at immobilise.com – a free database that can help police trace missing goods.