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 February 13, 2020 - 1:49 PM EST
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Stolen wedding album turns up on Philadelphia commuter train
Stolen wedding album turns up on Philadelphia commuter train

Feb. 13 (UPI) --

A wedding album stolen from a Philadelphia couple's front steps turned up months later after being abandoned on a commuter train.

Gavin and Brittany Ellis said they ordered a customized photo album to commemorate their July 28, 2018, wedding, but when the package arrived it was stolen off the front stairs of their home.

I called FedEx, they said we have to contact the Chinese shipping company, they have to contact the manufacturer and then file a police report. So, it was just back-and-forth for everybody. We just said, 'We're not getting anywhere with this,' Brittany Ellis told WPVI-TV.

The couple eventually gave up and ordered a replacement album, but nine months after the theft Gavin Ellis was tagged in a tweet from the official customer service account of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The tweet said an item of Ellis' property had been left on a train and ended up at the Frankford Transportation Center.

I thought it was a phishing scam at first. They said we have a report of a lost item at a station that I've never been to before, Gavin Ellis said.

The tweet turned out to have been authored by Ashley Lee, a customer service agent who found the wedding album in an unmarked box that was left on a train and ended up in the lost and found at Frankford.

Lee said the album was labeled only with the couple's first names, but a close examination of the photos offered an invaluable clue.

We found a photo of the party favors and the groom had his full name, Lee recalled.

The couple said it was especially interesting that the album showed up on a SEPTA train, since their wedding had a SEPTA theme.

Our seating cards were all metro passes. The one for Gavin, because he's from Philadelphia, was a SEPTA Key, Brittany Ellis said. So it's funny that SEPTA found it.

Source: United Press International (February 13, 2020 - 1:49 PM EST)