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How NYPD won hearts by retrieving couple’s lost engagement ring from subway grate

The police can find anything, especially if it is the New York Police Department (NYPD).

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The police can find anything, especially if it is the New York Police Department (NYPD). From criminals to conmen, the cops of the NYPD are busy round-the-clock keeping the Big Apple safe.

But no one would have thought that the NYPD can also devote time to find an engagement ring a couple lost while walking down a busy New York street and locate them.

On Sunday, the NYPD posted an unusual tweet requesting help in finding the couple who had dropped the ring in a subway crate in New York.

“WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC!” read the tweet posted on the official handle of the police department.

“She said Yes – but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate. Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them? 💍 call 800-577-TIPS @NYPDTIPS @NYPDMTN,” the tweet read.


The tweet was accompanied by a short clip from a CCTV footage showing a well-dressed man go prone in an attempt to recover the ring from under the grate as an apparently shocked woman looks on.

The tweet went viral in a matter of hours. At the time of writing, the tweet had generated 29K retweets. Soon enough, the NYPD was able to locate the couple – who had flown to England by the time they could be contacted.

According to reports, John Drennan, a Briton, proposed to his girlfriend Daniella Anthony, also from UK, in the iconic Central Park. She accepted, but told John that the ring was large for her finger. Nevertheless the extremely happy couple began walking back to their hotel.

Unfortunately, while walking over one of the huge grates that cover the NY subway at many places in the city, Daniella’s oversized ring slipped from her finger and slid inside the grate. Saddened by the unfortunate turn of event, the couple returned to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

According to The Guardian, arrangements have been made to return the retrieved ring – which was cleaned by the NYPD cops – to the pair.


The couple, meanwhile, expressed their happiness and gratitude for the people of NY and the NYPD after they came to know from a friend what the police department had done.

“We could not believe it, we really thought it was gone,” Anthony told the BBC. “We don’t use Twitter – we had absolutely no idea this was going on. But we are so happy.”

The couple added, “We are so thankful to everyone – especially the New York Police Department and everyone who shared our story.”

The NYPD later tweeted a photo of the smiling couple holding a celebratory drink to toast the unlikely outcome.

“Thank you, Twitter. Case closed! Love, John, Daniella, and the NYPD,” tweeted the NYPD.


Of course, the NYPD received a flood of appreciation from Twitterverse.