THE owner of a fashion boutique in Portadown is harnessing the power of social networking sites in a bid to recover a stolen one-off piece of jewellery worth £300.
The Ooh La La Boutique in West Street was targeted by thieves around 5pm last Thursday. They made off with a multi-coloured ‘waterfall’ Austrian crystal body necklace while the manager served customers at the till.
It is believed two women and one man - who spoke with foreign accents and are all aged in their 20s - were the perpetrators.
Owner Freda Cairney has now posted a picture of the necklace, which was imported from France and is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland, on the boutique’s Facebook page. She is also urging the store’s Facebook friends to post the photograph onto their own pages to help track the item down.
The boutique manager, Katrina Barber, who was in the store at the time of the incident, told the Portadown Times that she remains hopeful that the necklace, which is made up of hundreds of square-cut crystals and is by jewellery brand Kaos, would be recovered.
“It’s such a distinctive piece. Someone, somewhere will have to wear it sometime. It will stand out.” she said. “During the past eight months since I’ve worked here shop-lifting hasn’t happened, it’s not a problem as we have security cameras. And we know our customers because generally anyone who comes through the door has been (to the shop) before.”
A spokeswoman for the PSNI confirmed that the theft had been reported to police.
“We are appealing to witnesses with information to come forward,” she added.