A group of children have been left upset after thieves stole two bikes from their nursery.
The thieves struck overnight at Apple Tree Day Nursery, High Street, Burton Latimer, on Wednesday last week.
Nursery owner Lesley Thompson said the children were distraught when the news was broken to them on Thursday morning.
She said: “We thought we had to tell the children, because they needed to know the truth why they wouldn’t be able to play on the bikes.
“The upsetting thing was when we told them, some of them couldn’t understand why somebody would come into our garden and take something that didn’t belong to them.
“It wasn’t particularly nice to tell children so young, and it was one of the harsh lessons of the world – it was an unfortunate lesson they had to learn.”
However, the nursery has since been reunited with one of the bikes, after it was spotted dumped in a bush near to Sainsbury’s, in the High Street, by a resident of the town.
The man brought the bike back to the nursery on Monday and Mrs Thompson said she was very happy that it had been returned.
She said: “It was really nice of him, and the children were really happy. After the bikes were stolen, it was nice for the children to see that there are good people, and not everyone is bad. The children could see that there are people in the world that will return things.”
She added: “I would like to thank the man who brought the bike into us, he didn’t have to do that.”
The bike that had been recovered was damaged, but will now be fixed.
The police confirmed that they are investigating the incident, and said the theft occurred sometime between 6pm on Wednesday, August 14, and 8am on Thursday, August 15.
The offenders are believed to have climbed over a wall into the garden area of the nursery before stealing the bikes.
Anybody with information, or who witnessed the incident should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.