Parents’ appeal after new pram is taken in Norwich car park
16:32 12 January 2013
Two new parents in Norwich are appealing for help after the chassis of an expensive pram for their 10-week-old daughter was stolen.
"It was our fault that we left it there but it is still a crime that someone has just taken it when they shouldn’t have."
Mike and Kelly Surtees, of Marlborough Road in north Norwich, accidentally left the chassis of their £750 iCandy Peach pram in the car park of Highball Climbing Centre, off Fifers Lane, on Sunday.
Mrs Surtees, 30, had been picking up her husband, 35, who works at the climbing centre, at about 1.30pm.
She said due to the lack of sleep of having their new-born daughter, Sienna, they both had “baby brain” and were feeling very tired.
So after lifting out the seat of the pram to fit into the compatible car seat, neither of them realised the other hadn’t put the chassis part of the pram in the boot of their car.
It wasn’t until about 4pm that they realised the chassis of the pram was missing, so they quickly returned to the car park hoping it would still be there.
Mrs Surtees said: “We were both frazzled and sleep deprived and just forgot it there. It was £750, so it was quite expensive, and it was bought for us as a present by both grandparents, my mum and my husband’s mum, so we really want it back.
“But when we went back to the car park outside Highball it was gone. Mike went and checked there and at the Giant Pet Store and no one had seen it.”
Mrs Surtees said the chassis was chrome and black, and added: “It was our fault that we left it there but it is still a crime that someone has just taken it when they shouldn’t have.”
The theft comes in the week that insurers LV= released statistics showing there was a growing black market for stolen prams and buggies, with 913 reported stolen in the UK in 2011, up from 738 in 2009.
Anyone with information about the pram’s chassis should call Norfolk Constabulary on the non-emergency 101 number.