Elderly Suffolk man confined to home after mobility chair stolen

Posted at 11:46 PM, Aug 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-23 06:03:45-04

Suffolk, Va. - 73-year-old Joe Kight is now confined to his Suffolk home. Bad knees and two hip replacements made Joe reliant on his Hoveround mobility chair. Thieves took off with his chair Wednesday afternoon.

"I depended on that big time,” Joe says. “It was means of transportation.”

"Joe had only been gone for a few hours yesterday afternoon. He went to a doctor’s appointment. When he came back his Hoveround was gone."

With no family around, Joe depends on friends like Christine Chappell to help out.

"It’s heinous to me," Chappell says.

Though Joe appreciates Chappell’s help, he misses his independence.

"It’s bothering me,” he says. “I'm used to doing it on my own. I'm used to doing everything on my own and not asking for no help or nothing. "

Joe does have a back-up chair, but the battery died and the back seat is completely collapsed in.

"Lack of consideration for your fellow human,” Chappell says. “Whoever stole it is strong enough to pick it up. They might be in his predicament one day."

If you have any information, you're encouraged to take action and call the CRIMELINE at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

"I just wish whoever got it would bring it back,” Joe says. “I'd be happy.  "