The scooter is Robert Howe’s only mode of transport after his car was badly damaged by a pothole.
INDIANAPOLIS – When the victim got outside and found his scooter gone, he asked his neighbor for help. His neighbor’s camera recorded the thieves in action.
“I couldn’t believe anyone would do that at this time of year,” said Robert Howe.
At the moment Howe only wants to be reunited for Christmas 2020 with his scooter. He’s hoping someone will recognize the two people featured in a surveillance video taped outside his Indianapolis home on South Meridian Street near Hanna Avenue.
“It’s all red and it’s a 2020. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks,” Howe said.
Howe bought the scooter after one of the wheels on his car hit a pothole and cracked the frame of his car. The repairs were more than he and his wife could afford. So Howe decided to invest in a scooter so that he could at least drive nearby and pick up much-needed medicines and groceries for himself and his wife. Little would he know it would be stolen within a few weeks of buying it.
Other surveillance cameras show one of the suspects pushing Howe’s scooter through the parking lot in the middle of the night.
The couple felt a little helpless after the theft. But then Howe’s wife decided to ask for help.
Neighbor Debbie Bradley wanted to feel safer in her apartment, so she decided to set up surveillance cameras. The move paid off in this case after learning of the theft and receiving a request.
“His wife texted me and asked if I could look at my cameras,” Bradley said.
Thanks to Bradley, someone may recognize the suspects. She believes, based on their behavior recorded by one of their cameras, that they probably assumed they were not in the camera. She hopes what their cameras recorded will pay off for the older couple.
Howe used the scooter to get his wife’s medicines from the pharmacy. It also came in handy for other errands that he had to run for her too. Since he lost his car, the scooter was the only means of transport. Walking wasn’t an option for Howe.
“Because I have back problems myself and it’s difficult to go anywhere for a long distance,” he said.
“It’s sad because we don’t usually have that sort of thing here,” said Debbie Bradley. “He just got the bike, he’s still paying for it and it’s just sad.”
It’s sad because Howe used the scooter to pick up groceries too. So the thieves took more from him and his wife than they imagine.
“I just pray that it will be corrected somehow,” Howe said.
“I hope this will help him find his property, or at least get these people arrested for it,” Bradley said.
Anyone who recognizes the two people trapped in front of the camera can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS. If your tip results in an arrest, you can earn up to $ 1,000 in rewards. All calls to the tip line are strictly confidential.