A woman has been left heartbroken after callous thieves stole a bicycle which was her late dad’s last gift to her.
The theft has also left Prudence Goodall without her only means of transport, meaning she now faces a two-and-a-half mile walk to work every day.
Prudence had been given the Pendleton electric bike by her dad Phil shortly before he died suddenly following a brain haemorrhage in August 2019.
The 32-year-old, from Alsager, used it on her daily commute to her workplace, One Sure Insurance in Butt Lane.
On the morning of Monday, March 29, Prudence left her bike in the company’s compound in Congleton Road before she started work.
CCTV footage shows a group of male youths taking the bike at 11.30am, about an hour after the same group had been hanging around the area.
The theft has been reported to the police, and One Sure Insurance is offering a £200 reward for information which will lead to the return of the bike.
Prudence was too upset to speak to Stoke-on-Trent Live about the incident, but her mother Ruth Horsley explained how the theft had affected her.
Ruth, from Alsagers Bank, said: “The bike had been a gift from Pru’s dad, who sadly died suddenly from natural causes in August 2019, so it had a great deal of sentimental value to her. It was worth around £1,200, but it’s the sentimental value which is the most important thing. It’s why she is so desperate to get it back.
“Pru doesn’t drive, so the bike was her only way of getting to and from work every day. Since it was stolen, she’s had to walk two-and-a-half miles to work.
“The CCTV shows a group of lads on bikes, and then about an hour later one of them comes back without his bike and takes Pru’s. They’d obviously seen the bike and planned it out.”
The bike is described as a Pendleton ladies e-bike, with a black frame and pink lettering.
One Sure Insurance has posted a message on its Facebook page appealing for information about the incident and offering the reward.
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The post states: “At 11.30am, a group of lads entered our courtyard on Butt Lane and have stolen an employee’s bike. This is caught on CCTV. They had been there an hour previous, so it was clearly planned.
“This is our employee’s only mode of transport into work. Not only that but it was the last gift from her dad who sadly passed away in August 2019. As you can imagine, it holds immense sentimental value. It is a Pendleton ladies bike, black with pink writing.
“While this has been reported to the police, we want to do everything we can to try and get her bike back. Therefore, the directors are offering a reward of £200 for information leading to the return of the bike. Please please help us.”
Anyone with information should call Staffordshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed to One Sure Insurance at https://www.facebook.com/onesureinsurance.
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