Wicked and evil’

PUBLISHED: 12:12 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

Kathleen Mitchell

Kathleen Mitchell

A disabled pensioner slammed thieves who stole her electric scooter as wicked and evil. Widower Kathleen Mitchell, 74, now says she is a virtual prisoner in her flat in Brent Court, Stevenage, after the theft at the weekend of the scooter that cost her £3

A disabled pensioner slammed thieves who stole her electric scooter as wicked and evil.

Widower Kathleen Mitchell, 74, now says she is a virtual prisoner in her flat in Brent Court, Stevenage, after the theft at the weekend of the scooter that cost her £3,500 five years ago.

The theft was even more distressing as it came on the eve of the fifth anniversary of her husband's death.

"They must have known it belonged to somebody who was disabled yet they still took it. They are wicked, no evil, to do a thing like this," said Mrs Mitchell.

"I'm on the fifth floor of this tower block of flats and almost a prisoner. I will now have to pay for taxis to get into town or rely on lifts from friends.

"These evil thieves have stolen my legs. Without my scooter I cannot get out on my own and I certainly can't afford a new one."

Mrs Mitchell, who suffers from arthritis, angina and asthma, said she left her red scooter outside her front door at 3.30pm on Saturday because she cannot get it into her flat. The following morning when she went next door to take a cup of tea to a bedridden neighbour she discovered it was missing.

"Whoever stole the scooter must have taken it down in the lift in the night," added Mrs Mitchell who has lived in Brent Court for 10 years.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the door and discovered it had gone. People who do this kind of thing are heartless and evil.

"The shock couldn't have come at a worst time with the anniversary of my husband's death being on Monday.

"I just hope the police catch those who stole my scooter and also find the machine."

The scooter is made by Prestige and if anyone has found it dumped in the area they should contact Stevenage police on 01438 757000.


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