Nursery owners have been left in shock after callous burglars stole children’s prams.
Oscar Bears Children’s Nursery in Accrington has now been broken into five times in less than two years, after cash was stolen in earlier incidents.
In the latest two incidents offenders brazenly walked into the nursery on Blackburn Road and stole a pram, before another pram worth around £300 was stolen a week later.
The second burglary was captured on CCTV which is now being examined by the police.
Amy Crook, of the nursery, said the security cameras were installed after three break-ins between November 2011 and March 2013, but they are not holding out hope on the prams being recovered.
She said: “We are all really shocked, especially the parents. Both prams were taken on Wednesdays.
“There are some steps leading up to the front door of the nursery. We think that whoever has taken them has crawled up the steps on their hands and knees and taken the prams.
“They are expensive and this is really difficult for the parents and the children.”
One of the victims was nursery nurse Emma Hilton whose black and silver Mothercare spin pram and pushchair was stolen.
Emma, from Accrington, said the pram was a gift from her father after the birth of his first grandson nearly 11 months ago.
She said: “It’s very, very low and an act of a desperate person.
“I was obviously very shocked as you don’t really expect your pram to be stolen. I was then quite mad thinking someone could do that as it’s just not very nice.
“It was a gift off my dad after I had my son and he was very upset too.
“It was his first grandchild and he wanted to buy it for him and he’s lost a lot of money too. I don’t drive and I need the pram to take my son to nursery.”
The 21-year-old says she has been given a buggy by the nursery until the pram is found.
The nursery, which caters for up to 108 youngsters, is planning to hold several fundraising events with the proceeds going towards the parents to buy new prams.
The first pram theft took place on Wednesday, May 15 between 2pm and 3pm with the second on Wednesday, May 22 shortly after 1.30pm.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said they are investigating the thefts and reviewing the CCTV.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.
Police said the previous burglaries took place on November 4, 2011 and sometime between March 13 and March 14 this year.