A man from Gedling has issued an appeal to thieves who targeted his home and took hard-drives containing 20 years’ worth of his work along with precious family photos.
Duncan Oakley, 48, of Third Avenue, Gedling posted the video appeal on social media in which he offers to hand over his son’s ‘annoying’ toy dog in exchange for the two drives that were stolen from his home in the early hours of Sunday, November 25.
His wife’s purse was also taken during the break-in.
In the video, which has been shared on social media, Mr Oakley says: “Someone has come into our little house and stolen a laptop bag and my wife’s purse.
“At first I was quite happy because the laptop wasn’t in the bag (or my wife’s purse) – but then I realised I had two hard drives in the bag that were not dumped in the neighbour’s bin
“So someone has taken the two hard drives. They contain 20 years of work for me as well as family photos and all sorts of things.
“I’m appealing to anyone in the Nottingham area or anyone who can maybe share this film maybe find these hard drives or to the good nature of the person whose life is probably not as good as ours.”
Mr Oakley then holds up his son’s singing toy dog to the camera and says: “If you post them [hard drives] through the letter box, you can have this.”
The hard drives are described as WD – Western Digital – hard drives. One is an older black Elements hard drive, just a plain black box with a plug at the bottom. The other is a WD My Passport in a pale blue colour.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of a burglary through an insecure door at a property in Third Avenue, Gedling, in the early hours of Sunday, November 25 where two hard drives and a purse were stolen.
“A laptop case was recovered in Third Avenue that morning and the car was recovered in Derbyshire on Friday, November 30.”
Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 430 of 25 November 2018.