Town works to­gether to help catch thieves

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WHEN Roma photographer Sa­man­tha All­wood’s cam­era bag and equip­ment went miss­ing on Sun­day, she had lit­tle hope she would ever see 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 from the po­lice, the com­mu­nity and a lucky spot on so­cial me­dia, there may not have been such an 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 re­port from a wit­ness helped con­firm the iden­tity of the two 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 ac­cused was the re­sult of a con­certed ef­fort be­tween po­lice and com­mu­nity. The two Roma males al­leged to be in­volved in the theft, one a ju­ve­nile, will face Roma Mag­is­trates Court later this month.

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