An elderly pensioner has broken down in tears after being reunited with his mobility scooter, which was allegedly stolen by a heartless thief in Sydney at the weekend.
Laurie Adams parked his scooter outside his home in Ultimo around 2.30pm on Sunday, before he noticed it missing about two hours later.
The 82-year-old alerted police, who launched an investigation and managed to track down the scooter at a home in Daceyville, following a number of tip-offs from members of the public.
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“Our investigators were inundated with calls from members of the public which led to an arrest,” Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said.
A 36-year-old man has since been charged with larceny and possess or use a prohibited weapon and is due to appear in Waverley Local Court today.
Mr Adams was reunited with the scooter on Wednesday and issued a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make it possible.
“I’m very happy and I just want to thank everybody for what they did for me,” he said.
“It was part of my body and I was lost without it.
“I don’t know what to do now, I just want to pay somebody something, but what can I do, how can I thank somebody who has got part of my body back,” he said while welling up with tears.
“Sorry, I get really emotional… I can’t help it,” Laurie said through tears.
“I’m going to have big troubles later on because everyone wants to get me a scooter, but what am I going to do with six scooters,” he joked.
“I’ve been inundated with phone calls. I can’t handle it, I get so emotional.”
When asked what he would say to the man who allegedly stole his scooter, Mr Adams said he would simply ask him ‘why’.
“I just want to see him and say look, why did you take it? There’s got to be a reason, but he could have knocked on my door and said look, either I pinch your scooter or you give me $50.
“I would have given him anything, but don’t take part of my body.”