It's about time: New Yorker reunited with stolen watch after five decades
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Monday 22 October 2012
When Ed Grigor, a resident of upstate New York, finished high school in the late Fifties, his aunt gifted him a gold, 23-jewel wristwatch with his name engraved on it. But soon afterwards, during a stint with the US Navy, he left the timepiece by a sink in his barracks – and when he returned, it had gone missing.
Now, it has turned up after someone left a message on Mr Grigor's phone claiming to have found the long-lost gift.
His wife returned the call, only to be greeted by a Pat Herrick, who asked whether Mr Grigor had ever served in the Navy, and whether he had ever pawned a gold watch in Virginia. He hadn't – but the thief, it seems, had done just that, and then forgotten about the watch.
Ms Herrick's mother owned a guest house and soda shop in Virginia Beach that was a favourite haunt of Navy servicemen stationed nearby. When the sailors ran short of funds, she often held on to some collateral until they could settle their bills. The missing timepiece was among the unclaimed items left behind when Ms Herrick's mother passed away.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton said Ms Herrick and her partner, Mark, found Mr Grigor after matching the named on the wristwatch with a property record in Endicott, his village in upstate New York.
Soon after the call last month, Mr Grigor received a parcel containing the timepiece.
- 1 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Vagina canoe artist facing two years in jail defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Boxing Day snowfall set to push even more bargain-hunters online for sales
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...