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Car theft victim’s emotional iPod plea

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Thousands share heart-wrenching appeal for return of father’s last gift.

Social media users have responded in their thousands to an heartbreaking appeal note left on a Sheffield wall.

The emotional plea for the return of an iPod nano was taped to the wall near The Riverside pub on Mowbray Street, Neepsend.

“To the person who broke into my Vauxhall Zafira (blue) car in the early hours of Saturday morning (around 00:10-00:40), right here,” reads the note, “You can keep everything but please, please return my iPod nano (silver).”

Sadly, the message goes on to explain the significance of the music device: “My dad died of a brain tumour last year and it was the last present he gave me for Xmas.

“If you leave it anonymously on a table in The Riverside pub, no-one will ask any questions.”

An emotional ending is scribed: “It has broken my heart to lose that.”

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A photo of the handwritten poster was posted to We Love Sheffield’s official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ channels with the city’s residents have responded in droves.

The picture has now been seen by huge numbers after being retweeted over 5,000 times on Twitter and shared over 900 times on Facebook since Saturday evening. Those figures continue to rise.

With the average Twitter and Facebook user having over 200 followers/friends, this means that well over a million people could have seen the photo of the note. Hopefully the exposure will help reunite the owner with the items.


It has emerged the theft victim, Madeline Dunn, had nursed her dying dad for two years before he passed away from a brain tumour.

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Other items were also stolen from the car including an iPad and Samsung phone, as well as a passport and jewellery that was also gifted by her father. The devices also contained irreplaceable photos, texts and a special playlist of songs selected by the dad.

Madeline was visiting her boyfriend in Sheffield when the theft took place. They had met for a drink in The Riverside, leaving the car parked on Mowbray Street near Kelham Island for just 40 minutes.

The couple have spent hours trawling second-hand shops in the city in the hope of finding the stolen items.

The victim’s mum told The Star: ”To say she [Madeline] is absolutely devastated at the loss of photographs, texts and music is an understatement — she has fallen apart.

“I don’t want revenge, just to ease my daughter’s pain, so if anyone knows where the items are please come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Martin Holt at Snig Hill police station on 101.

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  • Comment Link Monday, 21 April 2014 23:11 posted by Rebecca

    If you know who this happened to South Yorkshire police tweeted and posted on Facebook about an iPod found from a car with a special message engraved on it and the person could come forward and collect it if they could describe it to them x

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