CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A SouthPark business owner recovers her stolen merchandise using social media.
One day after posting a Facebook message about the theft of four high-priced bracelets, the owner says the items have been returned.
"When I found out they were missing, I was mad, honestly my reaction was angry,” said Megan Orrell, owner of Scout & Molly’s of Charlotte.
Orrell has owned the Scout & Molly’s of Charlotte for four years. She takes the theft of her merchandise personally.
“I spent a lot of time, effort and money building this business. It’s hard work, and I put a lot of work into this, and it feels disrespectful when they steal from me.”
This is the message she posted on Monday:
Thanks to store security cameras pointed in the direction of the bracelet display, Orrell says the video shows the teenagers in the act. The identities were confirmed when she tracked down the sales receipt of one of the suspects who used a credit card to purchase other items at the store that day.
Thankfully, someone did drop off the bracelets along with other stolen merchandise before the 6 p.m. Tuesday deadline Orrell set after making contact. The stolen items total more than $1000, but true to her word, she will not press any charges.
Orrell was out of town when the theft occurred. She plans to improve loss prevention training among her employees in light of these thefts.
She thanked her Facebook friends and customers for reposting her message, and for the outpouring of support.
The latest post shows the pictures of the items recovered, with part of the message saying, "This is not okay. Local stores are owned by hardworking people and you are stealing directly from them."