PHILIPSBURG–On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, St. Maarten Police Force had the chance of making a 52-year old woman, whose house was burgled in June 2006, very happy.

An earring and a bracelet with great emotional value were returned to her. The return of the jewellery to its rightful owner, nine years after the offence, was in part due to the good description of the jewellery that the victim had given.

The burglary was committed in June 2006 in a house in Nazareth. The homeowners reported the burglary and gave a thorough description of the burglary that was stolen.

At a much later stage, a suspect was arrested for several burglaries and multiple pieces of jewellery were found in his possession. They were confiscated by the police.

When this happens, the police always try to find the rightful owner of the confiscated goods. Sometimes this is very difficult, because many people don’t provide the police with information that is detailed enough; for instance they report that “a ring” was stolen, but they cannot give a good description of the ring.

In a press release, the police sent out a message to the public to inform them of the importance, in case of a burglary or a robbery, to give a clear and explicit description of the stolen goods, because sometimes the goods do come back to the victim.

“Burglaries do happen, but to make the chances of getting stolen goods back where they belong, in your possession, it’s good to think about a way to describe the more expensive or valuable ones properly,” the press release stated.

“Write down brands, serial numbers and other specifics or, in case of jewellery or art projects, take pictures so the police can return the goods to their rightful owner when they are located. – The Daily Herald