$3,000 stolen from Suffolk man who had mobility scooter stolen last year

Posted at 11:15 PM, Jun 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-24 06:13:10-04

Suffolk, Va. - For someone whose favorite shirt reads 'I Make My Own Luck,' 73-year-old Joe Kight is very unlucky.

"They pick on me," Kight says.

Last summer, Kight’s motorized wheelchair was stolen from his front porch in Suffolk.  Now this summer, thousands of dollars in cash was snatched from right under his nose.

Saturday evening, Joe was sitting in his living room when a stranger walked in.

"He grabbed it and ran out the door,” Kight says. “He just walked right in just like he owned the house. I just asked him what he wanted."

Kight says the man wanted pills. When he told the thief he had none, the man grabbed Kight's lock-box and took off. Inside was more than $3,000 in cash - emergency money he'd saved for years.

"I just said, well they robbed me,” he recalls. “I’ll never see that money again. That was my lifeline."

Kight knows all too well what losing a lifeline is like. Last August, NewsChannel 3 caught up with him when his only means of transportation was taken - his Hoveround mobility chair.

NewsChannel 3 viewer Tina Tripoli took action, gifting Kight with a barely used one.

However, this time around Kight says he's not relying on luck.

"I’m going to see how much steel he can handle,” he says holding up a knife. “I'm going to do some carving. That is razor sharp."

If you have any information about this crime, you can take action and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.