The power of Twitter! NYPD recover the lost engagement ring of a Peterborough couple and also find them to return them the ring!

It sounds like a real fairy tale. Salute to the NYPD who retrieved the engagement ring of a tourist couple which fell into an NYC grate at Times Square when the man was proposing his lady love. NYPD even managed to trace the couple and are in the process of returning the sparkler!

The case of the lost engagement ring

A couple was in New York City and unfortunately, the girl lost her engagement ring. It was loose and fell off into the New York City Times Square grate. The couple had got engaged just a few hours back in Central Park.
They were trying to retrieve the priceless piece of jewelry but in vain. CCTV footage of the area revealed the couple and their unsuccessful efforts to get the lost item. Passersby also tried their level best to procure the jewelry for the couple but their efforts were fruitless. The NY police were called and they opened the grate cover and searched with torches but it did not yield any results. The couple left without leaving their names.  After the ring was found by the NYPD, they wanted to contact the couple but did not have their names or contact details. They shared the clip shared on their Twitter which went viral and had more than 20k retweets.

NYPD retrieve the jewelry

After knowing about the lost object through their CCTV, NYPD put in their best and managed to recover the jewelry. They even cleaned it for the couple. Now the next step was to find the couple. The department put up the CCTV footage on their Twitter with the appeal to help them find the couple. They wrote:

“WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC! She said Yes – but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate. Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them?”

The couple is found

Their efforts paid and the couple was found. It was later found that the couple was John Drennan and Daniella Anthony and they were from Peterborough in the UK. They had gone to New York to celebrate their 10-years of togetherness. And it was there that John proposed to her. He had been carrying the ring with him for two days before the proposal. Daniella realized that the ring was loose and it fell and bounced twice before disappearing into the grate at Times Square.

Source: BBC (John Drennan and Daniella Anthony)

Not finding the ring, the couple had left for the UK and decided to buy a new one. Daniella was inconsolable. Just moments after they touched down at the airport, a friend of theirs alerted them of the social media campaign from the NYPD. He asked them whether it was they in the picture. The police also had put up the picture of the ring so that the person to whom it belongs can recognize it.

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They wrote:

“Here’s a photo of the ring our officers recovered (and cleaned!) Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM if you know the happy couple so we can return it to them!”

The couple’s happiness knew no bounds and they said:

“We don’t use Twitter – we had absolutely no idea this was going on. But we are so happy.”

“We are so thankful to everyone – especially the New York Police Department and everyone who shared our story,”

The couple is in touch with NYPD to get the ring safely returned to their home. The couple particularly remembers one family who had stayed on for moral support and their little girl had given Daniella the much-needed hug at that time which meant a lot to them.

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Source: BBC