The 68-year-old Florida man whose motorized wheelchair was stolen during a visit to Manhattan, has some new wheels now... but his family is fuming over the theft. The man, Thomas Kessler, was dining at Palm Too in Midtown with his daughters, and left his wheelchair parked outside. Soon after, a man—who was caught on surveillance video, drove off in it (at 4 m.p.h.). Kessler's son-in-law told the Daily News, "The girls said, 'Who would do a thing like that?' You don't know what they went through to make the trip happen."
Kessler is dependent on the motorized wheelchair to help him get around, and his caregiver back in Florida told the paper, "It's so mean. It just broke my heart... I know times are hard, but why would you take from somebody like that? He was just really upset."
Police are still searching for the thief, and hope to charge him with grand larceny. Meanwhile, back in Florida his family purchased him replacement equipment from his favorite breakfast spot, where one waitress declared the thief deserves to "burn in hell."
If you can help! The thief is described as "a white or hispanic man about 25-30 years old... about 5'8"-5'10", 160-170 pounds with short, dark hair." Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, or submit a tip by at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com, or you can even text a tip, to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.