Police are hoping the public can help return the electronic scooter that was stolen from a St. Paul man who has already been through a lot -- from chemotherapy for brain cancer to pneumonia that left him with one lung and unable to walk.
The theft occurred in the middle of the afternoon in the St. Anthony neighborhood, and George Hensley still finds it hard to believe no one saw whoever took off with the 300-pound scooter that keeps him connected to the outside world.
"Just stunned," he said. "I just can't believe it."
Hensley said he and his girlfriend went out to lunch on Tuesday afternoon, but the blue scooter that had been charging in front of their home was gone when they got back.
"It's despicable to me. Absolutely despicable. I wouldn't do that to anyone, and I never dreamt anyone would do it to me," he said.
It's been tough for Hensley to get around on his own since he was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.
"Simple things like being able to wheel the garbage can out to the curb on Fridays -- that's what I use it for," Hensley told FOX 9 News.
Now, the one thing that helped him maintain his independence is nowhere to be found. What's even worse is that the scooter also has sentimental value because it was a gift from his hospice nurse, who he says is the reason he's still here.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "No one has done that for me before, shown me that type of kindness. I'd really like to have it back."
Hensley doesn't have the $1,700 he'd need to replace it, but he says the scooter's sentimental value means the most to him.
"I just hope whoever took it feels bad enough they bring it back and not do it to anybody else," he said. "No one needs to experience that."
The older-model scooter is blue and bears the brand name Pride. It has a gray seat and wheels. Anyone with information on the stolen scooter or the theft is urged to call St. Paul Police at 651-291-1111.