A local wedding photographer was left overwhelmed when users of social networking website, Facebook, helped return his laptop after it was stolen during a wedding ceremony yesterday.
Stephen Latimer was taking photographs outside St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower yesterday afternoon when an opportunist thief entered the chapel and stole Stephen’s Apple MacBook Pro.
After reporting the incident to police, Stephen took to Facebook to tell people what happened and to ask them if they are offered a MacBook Pro to either contact him or the police immediately.
“I can’t thank everyone who shared, commented or liked the post on Facebook enough,” said Stephen.
“I am under no illusion, had it not been for the help and support of people on Facebook I probably never would have got the laptop back.”
Almost 1000 people shared Stephen’s Facebook post and hundreds of people left comments wishing him well.
Stephen also said the wedding couple at whose wedding the incident took place were extremely supportive.
“The wedding couple were amazing. When I discovered the laptop had been stolen from beside the altar the groom and the father of bride tried to help me find it. They even told me to stay behind until I got sorted and then come to the reception - they were so kind and understanding.
“The last thing I want is for someone’s wedding day to be ruined so I put the post up on Facebook and went on the reception as planned. I back all of my photos up onto an external hard drive but the laptop is a vital tool for my business.”
Stephen’s Facebook post went viral and he received over 500 emails to his personal email address from people looking to help but it wasn’t until he returned home from the wedding on Monday evening that he received a phone call from Fr. Edward Gallagher at the Long Tower parochial house to say a member of the public had handed in the laptop.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Stephen. “The fact that so many people tried to help me was amazing. I was delighted when I went to meet with Fr. Gallagher and he gave me back the laptop.
“I just want to put the whole thing behind me and get back to doing what I enjoy most and that’s taking photographs.”