Shop owner ‘devastated’ after £12,000 Sunderland pram raid

Nursery Thyme on Bridge Street, Sunderland, burglars have stolen much of the stock.

Nursery Thyme on Bridge Street, Sunderland, burglars have stolen much of the stock.

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BRAZEN thieves wheeled out prams and buggies worth £12,000 from a city centre store.

The gang raided the Nursery Thyme shop in Bridge Street, clearing the store’s floor by stealing the prams, worth up to £800 each.

Today, the devastated shop owner told the Echo how she arrived at work to find her shop almost empty.

She said: “I’m sure if they’d had enough time, they would have taken everything.

“They smashed their way in the back of the shop and must have had a truck or van waiting so they could load up. It’s been a pretty professional operation.”

Between 10 and 15 prams priced from £350 to £800 were stolen. The makes include Babystyle Oyster Classics and Surf. Police believe the stock, including the window displays, was taken sometime between the shop closing at 4.30pm on Monday and it reopening at 10.15am on Tuesday.

This is not the first time the store has been broken into.

The shop owner added: “It happened about four years ago as well.

“I have been working here for 28 years, and I’m now on my second generation of customer. I’m selling to the daughters of the mums I originally sold too.

“It sad that something like this has happened. Some of these prams are worth a lot of money.”

Police are now urging anyone who is offered a pram for sale, either by door-to-door salespeople or by being approached in the street, to contact them.

It could be the sale is genuine, but police say that if they are aware, they can carry out inquiries, leading to identifying those responsible.

The shopkeeper added: “There is a lot of CCTV in the city centre, but it’s all concentrated around The Bridges area. We really could do with some CCTV down here. Even if they’d got a picture of them coming out of the shop, it might help identify those responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.