Thief caught on CCTV
Man took mobility vehicle
THESE shocking CCTV images capture the moment a callous thief steals a mobility vehicle from a sick man who had been allowed home from hospital for a few hours to see his family and walk his dog.
David Horrocks, of Gardner Avenue in Bootle, told the Visiter how his locked car was stolen off this driveway within minutes of returning home.
The 28-year-old, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, has been hospitalised for the past three weeks due to a chest infection.
For the last week, however, he was been allowed home for a few hours in the evening to see his family and dog, before returning to Broadgreen Hospital overnight.
On Monday last week, David came home slightly earlier than usual, at around 3pm, to get medication for his one-year-old German Shepherd, Rhea.
When he returned from Pets At Home, he went inside to gather his clothes to take to the hospital.
He said: “I came back at around 4.45pm, and took some stuff out of my boot and put it in the house.
“I started tidying my room and getting clothes together and I came downstairs to put something in the bin.
“When I went out, I saw the car had gone. At first, I thought I must have parked it on the road.
“From leaving my car to discovering it was missing, it must only have been around 15 minutes.”
David, who has lived at the address with his mum, dad and sister for 15 years, quickly checked his CCTV and reported the theft to police.
He said he still has both sets of keys for the vehicle, so thinks it must have been stolen using technology.
David said he has depression and that the incident has worsened his condition.
He said: “I suffer from depression, and being stuck in the hospital not being able to go home until someone gets me isn’t great.
“It reduces the amount of time I can spend at home with my family and my dog.”
The vehicle reportedly contained David’s muchneeded medication, as well as his disabled parking permit.
He said: “My inhalers and my medication I need to have every time I eat, as my body struggles to break down food, were in the car.
“Luckily, as I am currently in hospital, they managed to order me some more.
“My blue badge was also inside, meaning I will have to park a distance away now when I go anywhere, when I need to be closer.
“When I have a chest infection, it can affect my walking.”
Police said: “A report was received shortly after 5.05pm that a blue Ford Kuga had been taken from the drive on Gardner Avenue.
“Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.
“You can also call 101 quoting incident ref 18200207047 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555111.”
CCTV of the car thief and, left, David Horrocks
CCTV of the car being driven away