A STOLEN violin has been returned to its owner - thanks to a quick-thinking worker at a Doncaster second hand shop.
The man, who is a member of staff at Cash Converters in the town centre, rang the police after he became suspicious when a man entered the store and attempted to sell him a violin.
An officer from the crime management unit at Doncaster police station checked the force’s computer system and discovered a violin had been reported stolen from a car in Edlington at the beginning of March.
The violin was checked and matched the description of the stolen instrument.
The employee kept the man talking inside the store until police arrived and arrested him.
The owner of the violin, Angela Dowling, was contacted and identified it as hers.
A 33-year-old Doncaster man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.
Police are delighted with the actions of the member of staff who contacted them over his concerns.
Officers have praised him for what he did.
Sgt Mark Hitchenor said: “The quick-thinking actions of the employee at Cash Converters enabled us to recover the property and return it to its rightful owner.
“We work closely with local businesses to identify stolen property and will always take action against people handling stolen goods, whether they know they are stolen or not.”
Officials at the shop chain are also pleased they were able to help and were keen to stress they were committed to stopping stolen goods from being sold through their shops.
Richard Pilgrim, corporate development manager for Cash Converters, said: “Our aim is to work with the police to ensure that stolen goods do not come into our stores.
“We certainly do not want these types of goods in our shops, and in the rare cases that they are, we will pass the sellers’ details on to the police.
“We do everything in our power to stop stolen goods coming in and have a good relationship with our local police, so that criminals will have no place to hide, reducing their chances of being able to profit from their crime.”