Town works together to help catch thieves
WHEN Roma photographer Samantha Allwood’s camera bag and equipment went missing on Sunday, she had little hope of ever seeing them again.
However, thanks to the diligence of the Roma police and the assistance of community members, the items have been returned to their rightful owner, albeit a little dusty.
“I didn’t expect that I’d ever see them again and I had actually ordered a new camera on Tuesday before police called to tell me they had found it that afternoon.”
She was able to cancel the order after her original $7000 worth of equipment was back in her possession.
Mrs Allwood said if it wasn’t for the efforts of police and the community, and a lucky spot on social media, there may have been a different outcome.
“It was just lucky that I happened to scroll through Facebook and I noticed that in photos from the league on Sunday there were two boys in the background with my camera bag.”
A witness helped confirm the identity of the alleged offenders and police were able to recover the equipment on Tuesday.
Roma acting officer in charge Cian Jacobs said the recovery of the stolen items and arrest of the two accused was the result of a concerted effort between police and the community.
The two Roma males alleged to be involved in the theft, one a juvenile, will face court later this month.