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Kids ‘devastated’ after thieves pinch 5ft inflatable polar bear in dead of night

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Two little girls have been left devastated after thieves pinched their five-foot inflatable polar bear.

The £40 light-up bear has been the pride and joy outside David Whittaker's home every Christmas for four years.

But it was stolen in the early hours of Thursday, only two days when it was put on display, writes StokeonTrentLive.

The theft has devastated David, his partner Lex wheeler and their two young girls, Scarlett-Leigh and Ellie-May Wheeler.

David, aged 28, said: "The police have told us to keep an eye on Facebook Marketplace and people's gardens to see if it miraculously turns up.

“We’ve had him for the last four years and the girls absolutely loved him because it made it feel a lot more like Christmas.

“With the difficult year everyone has had it was time to feel some sort of happiness but this is really sad.

“The girls were getting in the Christmas spirit. They saw he was outside so they knew Santa was on his way. Now they are left feeling pretty scared inside their own home.

“My eldest one said ‘is the thief going to come and take the presents and the tree?’. They have been left feeling like they have done something wrong and it’s not their fault.

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“Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebration and unity and this person has tried to ruin that and it’s really upset the family.

“Rather than talking about the excitement of Christmas the kids are now thinking about the thieves and whether the police are going to get our polar bear back or not.

“We would like to get them another one but we are scared of it happening again. It’s left us on edge about whether they are going to come back and maybe try to break into the house. We are frightened.

“It’s taken the Christmas spirit away. I’d warn other people to keep an eye on their decorations. It shouldn't be happening, with the current pandemic you wouldn’t expect this behaviour to be taking place.

He added: "It seems a bit heartless."

It is thought that the polar bear was pinched from outside the Hamil Road property between 2am and 8am on Thursday.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Our enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone who has seen the stolen polar bear should call the police on 101.

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