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Heartless thieves steal pensioner’s mobility scooter from Poole flats
HEARTLESS thieves stole an elderly woman’s mobility scooter from a Poole apartment block and dumped it two days later, it has emerged.
The pensioner, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Echo she’d not even had the chance to try the scooter out properly, after buying it following a hospital stay.
Police say at least 11 other garages were targeted at Langdon Court, Langdon Road, Parkstone, Poole, at the same time.
Stolen goods including video games consoles, fishing rods, a metal detector and tools are likely to leave residents with a combined bill totalling hundreds of pounds.
The 77-year-old mobility scooter owner explained: “I hadn’t even been out on it properly yet. I’ve only been around the flats on it. I bought it for £400 when I came out of hospital at Easter.
“I have problems breathing and there is no way I can walk up hills, that’s why I got it.”
The ignition system of the scooter has been damaged, which will cost around £50 to repair, she said.
“I think they may have just been going for a joy ride. This £50 might not sound like much, but it is a lot to me.”
The garages were targeted sometime between 4pm on Saturday, October 12, and 9am on Monday, October 14.
Residents only noticed the doors had been tampered with after spotting a number of broken padlocks on the ground.
Borough of Poole councillor Ann Stribley said: “I think it’s absolutely appalling behaviour, people take things without thinking of the consequences to other people. One really wonders how they’ve grown up and if they have any principles at all.”
A Dorset Police spokesman confirmed: “It appears 11 of the garages at the location have been broken into. Padlocks have been damaged on seven of them.”
The mobility scooter was found in nearby Alexandra Park.
Witnesses or anyone with information relating to the thefts has been urged to contact Dorset Police by dialling 101, quoting incident number 14:235.
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