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Police use twitter to track down iPad owner
3:59pm Monday 3rd December 2012 in News
A TOURIST has been reunited with the iPad she lost 6,000 miles away - thanks to twitter.
The iPad was handed in to Harrogate Police Station earlier this year and PC Ed Rogerson used photographs accessible without logging on to find a photo of a flight ticket and several photographs of the woman he believed was the owner.
He tweeted a photo of her, which was re-tweeted by over 2,000 people and he used twitter’s search facility to find an account using the name on the plane ticket.
Though it was inactive, he contacted one of her followers and then made contact with the owner.
He said: "When I started to try and locate the owner of the iPad I had no idea that she'd be in Thailand, but thanks to the power of social media I was able to identify her, make contact with her and arrange to get the property returned.
"The response from the online community was amazing. Thank you to everybody on twitter who assisted by re-tweeting and giving me tips on how to locate her."
The iPad owner, Jukjik from the Nakhon Ratchasima Province, said: “I was very, very pleased and very happy when I heard that my iPad had been found.
“I can’t believe you managed to track me down just through twitter! Now I can see all the photos I took when I was in England and have a nice reminder of my holiday. A big thank you to PC Rogerson and North Yorkshire Police.”