‘It has bugged me to this day’ - Sentimental wallet returned to north Norfolk man 10 years after it was stolen

Charlie Mack (left) with the wallet he lost ten years ago and computer technician George Woodcock, who found it down the back of a cupboard. Photo: Karen Bethell Charlie Mack (left) with the wallet he lost ten years ago and computer technician George Woodcock, who found it down the back of a cupboard. Photo: Karen Bethell

Monday, April 7, 2014
6:30 AM

A Hempstead man has been reunited with a sentimental wallet which was stolen 10 years ago.

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Charlie Mack, 29, from Hempstead Hall, was given the brown leather item from his grandfather Henry Mack for his 18th birthday.

The object was taken from a flat in Holt where he lived as a 19-year-old gap year student.

But last week the wallet was discovered at Sure Computer Systems Ltd, off Hempstead Road in Holt, by workmen.

Mr Mack, an agricultural business consultant for Brown and Co in Norwich, was traced through Twitter by employees at the firm by his old driving licence and other identity cards which remained inside.

The father-of-one said: “It had more sentimental value than economic value. When I collected it, it was covered in dust and was tatty but I have shined it up since. I was grateful they had taken the time to track me down.

“I was really excited to get it back because I have always been annoyed about the theft. It has bugged me to this day. I was ecstatic to get it back.”

He added about £40 was in the wallet at the time, which was the only thing removed following the theft. All his old cards remained inside.

Mr Mack put the news on Facebook and Twitter and said his grandfather, who died in 2009, would have been pleased the wallet was discovered.

“He was upset when he heard it had been stolen. He offered to buy me a new one. He didn’t like things going missing,” Mr Mack added.

He has reverted to using the previously missing wallet because his old one was wearing out.

“It was good timing because I was about to buy a new one,” he said.

• Do you have a mystery which has been solved through Facebook or Twitter? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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