VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Don Yule’s wife will tell you he’s a social guy who loves to talk. He likes to get out and get together with friends.
“He is Mr. Chatty Cathy,” Sue Yule said.
The 73-year-old Vietnam veteran has nerve damage related to diabetes. He can’t feel anything in his left leg and has a lot of back pain.
“Sometimes I can’t even get past the garage and I’ve got to lean against something because if I don’t I’ll usually just drop,” he told KOIN 6 News.
“We’ve had a couple instances where I’ve had to catch him, believe it or not,” Sue said. “We just have to get him to the nearest chair and so when we got the scooter it was wonderful he could get around.”
They bought a used mobility scooter about 6 months ago for $450. When Don got back from lunch on Tuesday, he left it in the back of his truck.
“There was no one home to help me take it out, so I had to wait, and I just kind of forgot about it,” Don said. “This is what happened because I forgot.”
When his wife was leaving for work around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday she noticed someone had broken into their truck in the driveway. The scooter was gone.
“That’s the part that bothers me is that people would do that, especially when they have to know I have to have it or I wouldn’t have had the thing,” he told KOIN 6 News. “They just go ahead and take it anyway.”
When neighbors heard what happened they began posting the story on social media and hoped to find another electric scooter they might be able to get for him.
Family members are also watching online for the stolen scooter — a blue, Golden Technologies Liteway.
“I mean, the thing is, you know, people like myself and other people they have certain things that add to their quality of life,” he said. “It’s a shame that other people think, ‘Well, I think I need that better than he does.'”
If you know anything about this crime, contact Vancouver police.