A woman who thought she had lost hundreds of numbers and photos when her phone was stolen was reunited with it yesterday - because the thieves may have dropped it into a post box.
Andrea Wray believes the Samsung device was taken from her car at a car wash in Northampton three weeks ago and reported the matter to police.
She blocked the phone and bought a new one soon after, thinking it lost forever.
But in a strange twist, she received a call from officers at Weston Favell Police Station telling her the device had been handed in.
Ms Wray, a manager of a leisure firm, who lives in Dunstable, explained: “The police told me the phone had been posted into a postbox at Blackthorn.
“When the postman emptied the box, he took it into a nearby shop and they handed it into police.
“Then the police must have gone through my contacts and called my mum to say they have got the phone.”
Though the SIM card had been taken, the device was in “perfect condition” according to Ms Wray, who also wished to thank staff at the Londis in Blackthorn Bridge Court, Weston Favell, which handed the phone to police.
But, she said, it begs the question as to why it got put in the postbox in the first place.
“I don’t know why it was posted into a postbox, it’s really weird.” She added.
“But I guess I’m glad they did that rather than trashing it. I must have had around 300 numbers on there and pictures of nice weekends away.”