Thieves struck Tunstall home as family moved from Wilks Street address
MOTHER-OF-TWO Carley Harratt has been left virtually housebound after thieves stole her pushchair.
Carley was left in tears after the theft, which happened when she left the pram and a double bed at her old home to be picked up later while moving house.
But when her partner Gavin Turner went back to the property in Tunstall both the double-pushchair and the bed, plus several other items, had been stolen.
Now Carly, who is mum to Riley, aged 21 months, and 11-week-old Kayden, says she is unable to go out because she cannot transport the children.
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The 23-year-old, who now lives in Irene Avenue, Mill Hill, said: "We moved last Thursday.
"It was getting late and the kids were tired so we left a few things at the house.
"We were going to go back and bring them down to the new house. But when Gav went back on Saturday someone had come in and stolen the stuff."
The thieves broke into the house, in Wilks Street, through the kitchen window.
The stolen black Graco tandem-duo pushchair, which cost £250, was a gift from Carley's mum when Kayden was born.
Carley said: "I'm really angry about it. I can't afford to buy a new pushchair so I can't get out now.
"My family have had to go out and do my shopping for me. We were sleeping on the floor, too, until my nan bought us a bed."
Gavin, aged 28, whose five-year-old daughter Keira also lives with the couple, was shocked to discover the break-in.
He said: "I couldn't believe they would take something like that. We thought the things would be safe in there.
"Carley was in tears. They should be able to go out now the weather is getting better."
Carley's mum Carol Walklate, who lives in Sandyford, appealed for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the pushchair to come forward.
She said: "I'm absolutely gutted. Carley was breaking her heart about it, she's absolutely stranded without it.
"If anyone is offered the pram for sale please go to the police.
"I've been round all the second-hand shops asking for them to contact the police if someone brings it in.
"Carley still has all the pram accessories and the car seat, so whoever took it can't even sell it complete."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said the break-in happened between 10pm and 10pm on February 28 and 8.45pm on Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 262 of March 3.