Treasure back where it belongs

Mike Egan back at the scene of the crime with the historic Rotary photograph. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Mike Egan back at the scene of the crime with the historic Rotary photograph. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

A NORTH Albury man yesterday thanked the person who found the Albury Rotary Club’s stolen icon photograph and handed it to police.

Mike Egan said he was rapt to have the 1927 picture of the club’s foundation members returned to him.

“It’s a treasure of the Rotary club,” he said.

The framed photograph was on the back seat when thieves took Mr Egan’s Ford Territory for a joy-ride on Tuesday night.

The thieves apparently threw out the photograph and other items, including a walking stick and a rug, to make room for passengers.

The photograph, printed on Masonite, was found on a block of land on Union Road, North Albury.

Mr Egan said it had been in the car because he was in the process of having it reproduced on paper for the club to display.

“I believe two people broke into my home and they have picked someone up on their joy-ride,” Mr Egan said.

“That’s when they tossed the items out of the back seat.

“The photo is in a reasonable condition — there’s a little moisture damage because it’s been outside.

“I brushed off a bit of mud on the front of it.

“I am just thankful to have it back.”

As walking stick and a car rug were also handed to police.

Mr Egan said he wanted to personally thank the person who handed in his belongings.

He can be contacted on 6025 3133.

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