Mom asks for return of stroller

Stolen Sunday outside Jack in the Box at Valley Avenue

Pleasanton police are investigating the case of the stolen stroller.

Tiffany Martin, 25, has two daughters, Chloe, who's 4, and Sophia, who's 2, and about a month ago, picked up a stroller on sale at Toys R Us for a little over $100.

"I'm employed at KFC, but I used to work at Jack in the Box so I popped in to see some friends," Martin said, explaining she had to leave the stroller outside to bring her daughters in.

"I was in there visiting for about 20 or 30 minutes," she said. "We came out and my daughter said, 'Mommy, the stroller's gone.' I was kind of surprised, because you have to break it down (to transport it)."

She searched the area near Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road, then called police. Officer Robert Shuffield also searched the area without luck, and no one saw who took it.

Without a car, that double stroller was her only way to get her girls to and from their day care center, La Petite Academy, on Valley Avenue.

"If anyone knows anything that could help, that'd be great," Martin said. "My older daughter (now) has to walk with me to school. It's over a mile,"

She can be reached by email at


Posted by Vanessa, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

It is truly a sad day when criminals are stealing from kids. Seriously. Tiffany, I wish I could help. I have a stroller I would happily give you, but it is a single. :(

Posted by Cecilia, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

How sad, stealing a stroller? Any cameras around that may capture the thief (s). My hope is that the crime doesn't raise in Pleasanton. It seems that BART is bringing many stranger into our beautiful City.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on May 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

Kind of surprised to read that someone would steal a stroller here in Pleasanton. I, too, have an old stroller available but it's a single also.

As for the issue of crime and BART that everyone keeps bringing up, if you go to the Pleasanton police department web site you can find their latest annual report with Pleasanton crime statistics going back to before the first Pleasanton BART station was built. You'll see that (1) there was NO jump in the Pleasanton crime rate as a result of the BART station being built and (2) the year with the greatest number of reported crimes in Pleasanton was BEFORE the Pleasanton BART station was built.

I agree that many Pleasanton crimes are committed by people coming from outside our town, but BART is not their vehicle of choice for getting in and out of Pleasanton.

Posted by mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Blaming crime on BART is really lame. It's a lousy getaway transport. I consider BART a wonderful convenience.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I had an umbrella stroller stolen while I was helping my daughter get on a ride at Great America. The stroller was old, the footstrap was broken, and I had a backpack hanging on it. So it was not a case of mistaken identity. I eventually tracked it down. Two ladies were pushing it in another area of the park. The backpack was still on it. I didn't say anything to them. I simply grabbed the stroller, looked at their guilty faces and walked away with it. It is simply despicable to steal a stroller.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Prove that the thefts are due to non-Plutonian residents...dare you.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Lets not forget that the nasty tire slashers were Plutonian teens!


Posted by Harriet B. Hind, a resident of Birdland
on May 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

If I had the money, I would buy a new one along with a lowjack security system. I bet someone that doesn't even have kids stole i and yes we cannot blame BART just Pleasanton kids with nothing else to do but to cause vandalism or steal.
I hope someone comes forward and gets a new stroller to you. Hang in there. my neighbors car was broken into (well she claims it was broken into though she left it unlocked so really no break in) she also claims she left $3500.00 cash on the seat and just wants the cash back.
Too many thieves in the area

Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Unlocked car with $350 cash on the seat??? Who does that in ANY town??

Posted by Christine Smith- Womens Bible Cafe, a resident of another community
on May 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

I've made a donation to Spreading Joy (non-profit registered charity) so this mom can have a stroller. If enough people donate, Spreading Joy will purchase a new double stroller from Toys R Us and deliver to this mom. When you donate, be sure to say "double stroller" on the invoice. Thank you! Web Link


Posted by Samantha Bayle, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

I have a double stroller I can donate. If she is still in need of one.

Posted by Samantha Bayle, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

I have a double stroller I can donate. If she is still in need of one.

Posted by Spreading JOY Corporation, a resident of another community
on May 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

My Name is Marie and I'm the founder of Spreading JOY Corporation in NC.

We were made aware of this and knows the struggle of being a young mother just trying to make it.

We are going to replace the stroller as well as do a few other things to spread some JOY her way.

If you'd like to be part of bring JOY to this mom, you can make your tax deductible donation via paypal on our site - Web Link 100% will go to this mom, simply put stroller in the special instructions.

Being a Mom is difficult enough sometimes....

I hope you'll JOYn us in making a difference for this mom.

Spreading JOY Daily,
Marie Wikle

Posted by Carol Rivers, a resident of Livermore
on May 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I made a donation to Spreading-Joy for the double stroller mom! What a great idea. I hope all goes as planned!

Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community
on May 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

Well in the era of obama it wasnt fair that she had a stroller and the thief didnt. I mean how unfair is it that she could afford a double stroller and the thief couldnt even afford a single. She had to have cheated someone in some way to acquire such a nice stroller. obama has so inspired me that when I see a child eating an ice cream I just want to take it from him and give it to my child. That child must learn that it isn't fair that HE has an ice cream and my child doesn't. His parents must have screwed someone over to be able to afford that ice cream.

Posted by Unbelievable, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

The level of idiocy and ignorance of the poster above is such I don't even have words to comment.

God bless this country. With people like that we really need it!

Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community
on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

Honey that's is the reality that obama and the liberals are spewing. This is the mentality of liberals. Have you been living in a cave the last 3 years?

Posted by oh-giveitarest, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Kangaroo - you are so beyond pathetic it is hardly worth wasting my time typing this out. You need to get out more and get a life. This post was about a stroller being stolen - everything has to be about obama with you doesn't it - get over it - he's your president - show some respect!

Posted by Christine Smith- Womens Bible Cafe, a resident of another community
on May 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

I hope the mom will update us on her story! Spreading Joy donated a $300 gift card to Toys R Us to replace the stroller and also buy gifts for her two daughters. Thank you everyone who donated and showed kindness to this mom and her family!

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