Treasured baby pictures and a make-up mirror belonging to a mother of two’s late grandmother have been returned after thieves snatched her handbag.
Cassie Paver, from Boston Spa, Leeds, was with her partner and two children on a walk around Eccup Reservoir over a month ago when she returned to her car to see the back window smashed and her handbag stolen.
After the YEP featured an appeal for Cassie’s sentimental belongings to be returned, walkers stumbled across her bag and handed it in to Killingbeck Police Station last Saturday.
The 29-year-old said: “It’s just that you can’t replace them, it is stuff you can’t replace – I’m so pleased I have got them back.
“I was totally shocked, gobsmacked. You don’t expect anything like that to be recovered.”
Cassie said she wished to thank Nicholas and Helen Varley, from Lawnswood, who found the bag in Headcroft Wood last week.
The stolen bag, which contained £500 of items, including a digital camera, make-up and a designer purse, was found with £10 missing and everything intact apart from the camera being broken and a back-up memory card missing.
But a worthless make-up mirror given to her by late grandmother and photo-filled memory cards, which also contained a recording of some of her one-year-old daughter Maddy’s first steps, were the things she wanted back the most.
Cassie said: “It was a total waste of time and a major inconvenience for me and put me majorly out of pocket all for loose change in my purse.
“I just wish they would have caught them.
“Even if it’s not on display, don’t leave anything in your car as you just don’t know who is watching you.”
The theft cost her around £150 in repairs to her car’s paintwork and broken window.