A disabled pensioner has been left housebound after his mobility scooter was stolen and trashed. His mobility scooter, which gives him contact with the outside world, was stolen by heartless thieves, who then smashed it up and threw it into a nearby pond. The 79-year-old suffers from a serious lung condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which means he cannot walk more than few steps without becoming out of breath.
Arthur Wheeler, 79 years old from Stanley, Wakefield, pictured with his wife Joan
Mr Wheeler and wife Joan, 77, woke up on Saturday morning to discover the scooter was missing. Mrs Wheeler, of Balk Crescent, said: “We couldn’t believe it; I don’t know how anybody could stoop so low. He relies on the scooter to get out of the house and he uses it every day to go up to the shop for his paper.”
The couple’s sons eventually found the scooter after searching the area around their home, dumped in a fishing pond near to his home in Stanley.
Using a lasso they dragged it out of the water but it had been damaged beyond repair.
But because the scooter had been parked outside the back of their bungalow at the time, it was not covered by insurance.
Mrs Wheeler, who also uses a mobility scooter, said: “Even a second-hand one would cost between £200 to £300, which is a lot of money.”
The theft happened sometime between last Friday evening and Saturday morning. Police investigations are on-going and officers want to speak to anyone who spotted anything suspicious.
Anyone with information should contact the North West neighbourhood police team on 0845 6060606, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
(Article Source: Wakefield Express News)
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