‘Stolen’ teddy bear display returned to St Albans home

PUBLISHED: 16:45 02 May 2020 | UPDATED: 18:02 04 May 2020

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

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The bears are back! A display of teddy bears apparently stolen from the front of a house in St Albans has been returned.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

The display, in Homewood Road, has changed daily throughout the coronavirus lockdown, with bears taking part in various activities, including camping, fishing, car mechanics and even Christmas celebrations since it was started on Good Friday.

It proved popular among passers-by out for their daily exercise, but the entire display disappeared at just before midday on Saturday.

Homeowner Sarah Shreeves, whose family were responsible for creating the display, said at the time: “People are very cross that someone would do this - we’ve had lots of comments about how much they’ve enjoyed seeing the scenes.”

Residents inundated the family with replacement bears over the weekend.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

The bears were seen being loaded into a blue van which was captured on CCTV, but it seems the removal was all a misunderstanding and the bears were returned this afternoon.

Sarah told the Herts Ad the van driver thought the bears had been left out as unwanted goods.

She said: “We’re so pleased that the bears are back. But what’s been so amazing is the response from the community.

“The comments, the cards and the donations of teds have been so lovely. We’’ll keep going with the scenes for as long as we can.”
The van company presented the Shreeves family with a gift of flowers and chocolates when returning the bears.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.Thieves have stolen this teddy bear display from outside a house in Homewood Road, St Albans.

Flowers and chocolates were donated by the company which mistakenly removed the display.Flowers and chocolates were donated by the company which mistakenly removed the display.

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