Callous robbery

A WHEELCHAIR-dependent man had two disability scooters stolen from his home over the weekend.
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Forty-nine-year-old Colin Edgar (pictured) was asleep in his Cowper Street home in Young when thieves stole the Shoprider scooters at about 1am on Sunday morning.

Mr Edgar said the two scooters, worth about $7500, were under the pergola behind the house.

“I’d say somebody might have known but I don’t know,” he said.

“It’s a bit rotten.”

Mr Edgar, who lives on his own, uses a wheelchair inside his home and the mobility scooters for the yard and outside.

As the robbery took place, Mr Edgar heard the beeping of the scooters as they were put into reverse, but wasn’t fast enough to see the offenders.

“It would have taken me too long to get up and in my wheelchair,” he said.

Mr Edgar phoned a friend, who contacted local police later that morning.

“Don’t know who (it could have been),” he said.

“Probably just to warn other people to try and keep their machines inside or in the shed or locked up.

“Hopefully the police will find out something about it.”

Mr Edgar has lived in his home for nine years and has never had anything stolen before.

Cootamundra Local Area Command (LAC) crime prevention officer Peter Guthrie circulated an email appealing for information.

Mr Guthrie said the offenders detached the charger from the scooters and drove them to the top of Earl Street, leaving tyre imprints on the grass.

“The male victim of this offence suffers from a brain injury which prevents him from the use of his lower limbs,” he said.

“Therefore the mobility scooters are an integral part of his life in enabling him to travel, not only around his house, but to and from town.

“This callous stealing is sickening and police require information from the public in order to bring these criminals to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact Young police station on 6382 8199 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

FOOTNOTE: Thanks to the outrage Don Luff voiced about Colin’s plight on the John Laws show yesterday morning, a new scooter is on its way to Young thanks to the generosity of a mysterious Ocean Shores benefactor and a delivery service offered to deliver the mobility device to Colin.

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