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Redwood City Police Department Uses Social Media Site To Reunite Woman With Bracelet Stolen Over 30 Years Ago

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A social media site helped reunite a woman with her engraved charm bracelet stolen over 30 years ago, a Redwood City police lieutenant said Friday.

On Feb. 7, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a car in the 2600 block of El Camino Real shortly before 10:30 a.m., Lt. Sean Hart said.

The officer searched the vehicle and located several bags of jewelry in the trunk of the car, Hart said.

The occupants of the vehicle denied owning the jewelry and did not know where it came from, he said.

The officer took the jewelry suspecting that it was stolen and conducted a follow-up investigation, Hart said.

One of the pieces of jewelry was a charm bracelet with the names and dates of births engraved on the charms, possibly the children of whoever owned the bracelet, he said.

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Investigators asked the public for more information on the bracelet’s owner by posting on the police department’s Nixle alert system, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In February the police department also launched a Pinterest account for the public containing photos of stolen property recovered by officers, Hart said.

Within eight hours of posting on the social media sites, three people contacted police and gave information that helped identify the bracelet’s owner, he said.

The three people accessed private databases to research the names and birth dates on the bracelet that helped police identify the owner, Hart said.

A detective contacted the owner and learned the bracelet was stolen during a 1983 residential burglary in San Jose, according to Hart.

The bracelet’s owner confirmed that the names and birth dates on the jewelry were of all her children, Hart said.

The woman is the fourth person to be reunited with stolen property since the department launched its Pinterest site about two months ago.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Ivette Sanjuan of East Palo Alto on suspicion of possessing stolen property and booked her into San Mateo County Jail.

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