Thief caught on CCTV

Man took mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @Visiter

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

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