Desperate: Sonia, owner of the missing $20,000 necklace, puts up a poster in Bangalow offering a $2000 reward for its return after losing the piece of jewellery at the Billycart Derby on Sunday.
Desperate: Sonia, owner of the missing $20,000 necklace, puts up a poster in Bangalow offering a $2000 reward for its return after losing the piece of jewellery at the Billycart Derby on Sunday. Jay Cronan

Missing necklace has $2000 reward

IT MAY have ended up as an expensive hood ornament on a billycart.

Perhaps a passer-by picked it up and put it in a garbage bin.

However, one thing is for sure – a Melbourne businesswoman is so desperate to recover her prized Tiffany necklace she is offering a $2000 reward.

The necklace is valued at more than $20,000 and the reward is guaranteed to have bounty hunters swooping on sleepy Leslie Street, Bangalow, where it was believed to have been lost.

The expensive piece of jewellery went missing at the Billycard Derby on Sunday.

The high-powered surf wear and fashion businesswoman, who only wants to be known as Sonia, is upset at the loss of her much-loved necklace, which has diamonds set in a white gold cross.

The necklace was purchased from high-end United States chain, Tiffany and Co, which markets itself as the world’s premier jeweller and America’s house of design.

“It was given to me by my husband 15 years ago so it has a lot of sentimental value,” Sonia said.

“I was going for a swim at Byron Byron and my husband told me to take it off to be on the safe side.

“I was in the process of putting my jewellery back on while we went up to Bangalow for the Billycart Derby and I must have left it in my lap and not realised when I got out of the car.”

Sonia said she did not realise the necklace was missing until her son, who was competing in the Billycart Derby, crashed out during a race.

“I was watching him and he fell off his cart and I clutched my hand to my chest and it wasn’t there,” she said.

“It is one of those things that I never take off. We looked everywhere for it up around where we parked, but couldn’t find it.”

Sonia believes someone has picked it up and not realised the value of the necklace.

“If whoever has it returns it to the police or contacts The Northern Star I’m happy for no questions to be asked,” she said.

Despite her son crashing out at the Billycart Derby and losing an expensive necklace, Sonia said it would not stop the family from continuing to holiday on the Northern Rivers.

“We’ll keep coming back to Bangalow,” she said. “It won’t stop us coming back. This is the fifth time we’ve been here for the Billycart Derby.”

Anyone who finds the necklace can contact The Northern Star on 6620 0500.



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