Sackville man distraught by theft of mobility scooter

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A Sackville man with a disability feels like he has had some of his freedom taken away after his mobility scooter was stolen from the back of his apartment building on Queens Road last week.

Darryl Harrietha said his scooter helped him get around town when he needed to run errands or just get outside and now he is unable to do so

“Having a scooter gave me a chance to check my mail, go to the bank and get my rent, get to the government services buildings in town, the food bank and go to the grocery store if I have money .  . . that’s pretty much it, that’s how I get around.”

Harrietha believes his scooter was stolen sometime between the hours of 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday night, Aug. 5, when he last used it to pick up a prescription in town, and Wednesday evening, Aug. 6, at around 6:30 p.m. when he went to use it again.

“I went outside and it was gone,” he said, noting that his neighbours told him later that they thought he had gone out for the day on Wednesday because they hadn’t noticed the scooter parked in its usual spot at the rear step of the apartment building at 26 Queens Road, so it’s assumed it was taken sometime during the night.

“I’m just so blown away that someone would take that. I’m still shocked.”

He said there was a lock on the back wheel and it was a heavy motorized vehicle so someone would have likely had to lift it and put it in a vehicle to move the scooter any distance.

“I can’t believe somebody would stoop to that level. I just didn’t think this was part of Sackville,” he said.

Harrietha said he has been unable to work and been dealing with mobility problems and health-related issues since he was involved in a serious car accident in 2011. He said the scooter, which he purchased about two years ago, helped him to get around to “make ends meet.”

He has called the local RCMP detachment and police are looking into the incident but he isn’t holding out hope that his scooter, which had a value of about $2,000, will be found. He said he checked with neighbours to see if they saw or heard anything suspicious that night but no one remembers hearing anything out of the ordinary.

The 2011 Ecoped ODE was blue and black, with a tan-colored seat and a back rack. Harrietha said he’s not in a financial position to afford to purchase another scooter so he’s not sure how he’ll manage to pick up prescriptions, make it to doctors’ appointments or get groceries downtown.

Sackville RCMP say they are looking into the matter and do have an officer assigned to the case. However, with no video surveillance or any clear physical evidence of the theft, there isn’t much to go on. If anyone has information related to this case, contact Sackville RCMP at (506) 533-5151 or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: 26 Queens Road

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