A string of thefts in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has left some neighbourhood daycares with broken windows and missing strollers.

A few weeks ago, Samia Khemici got a call from the business next door to her daycare.

Broken daycare window

A daycare in Rosemont had its window broken with a brick. Thieves took off with a stroller and two first-aid kits, says the owner. (Courtesy Samia Khemici)

A brick had been thrown through her window and her “poupons bus” — the type of large stroller that holds six or more children at a time -- was missing. So were two first-aid kits, she said.

Montreal police said this isn’t the only daycare stroller theft in the area. In fact, one daycare was hit twice.

The strollers are expensive, Khemici said, and her daycare is already struggling to budget for new toys and equipment because it’s a non-subsidized daycare.

“I was a bit shocked, disappointed, demotivated,” Khemici said.

She said there are daycares opening all the time, and it’s not hard to sell stolen multi-child strollers through online classified ads boards.

Khemici doesn’t understand why someone would steal strollers from daycares and said she found it “disgusting.”

Poupons-bus

Khemici explains the poupons-bus to CBC News reporter Leah Hendry. (CBC)