Disabled woman on thief who stole her walker: ‘I feel sorry for her’

Posted at 11:46 PM, Jan 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 06:03:56-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Diane Starns admits she's not the quickest mover.

“My thinking is slow, my walking is slow, everything about me is slow,” she says.

Since a car accident decades ago left her disabled, along with her femur recently broken after a fall, Starns uses a walker to get around.

She's since had it replaced,  but last month Beach Police say a woman stole the 67-year-old's only means of getting around.

“I couldn`t believe it,” Starns says. “I was so dumbfounded. She just seemed so nice.”

Starns says she left her motel room on 21st Street where she's now living, when the woman drove up and offered to drive her to a Dollar General off Virginia Beach Boulevard to shop for food.

“She said `I’ll be back in about half an hour,’” Starns says.

But the woman did not come back. Police released surveillance images of the woman and the car they say she was driving. In the back seat were Starns's walker and purse.

“She didn`t suggest that I leave my purse there,” she says. “That was my decision and my walker. So I don`t think that she had planned this.”

Starns says she has a walker now thanks to the detective assigned to her case who took action and brought her one.

“He even took me to the Dollar Store so I could get some food,” she says.

However, police say they are still investigating and need your help to find the thief.

“ I feel sorry for her,” Starns says.

You can take action against crime and call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.