By Daniel Katzive
A 95-year old man received an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday morning when he discovered that his electric wheelchair had disappeared. According to police, the man was visiting professional offices at 277 West End Avenue at about 8 a.m. and, upon leaving after a two-hour stay, found the wheelchair was gone.
A police investigation uncovered video of an unidentified suspect driving the wheelchair away, heading south on West End Avenue shortly after 8am. Police have circulated a photo of the suspect and are asking the public for assistance in identifying him.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.
The stolen wheelchair is valued at $2,570 and the theft is considered a grand larceny.