It was a crime that left even veteran police officers in Abbotsford speechless.
Korean war vet Bert Wiebe, 83, had just parked his scooter outside his Braun Avenue house in Abbotsford last Friday, when the motorized unit vanished.
Wiebe believes a person he met near the Legion on Friday may have bolted with it.
“So he walked me home and he said he was going to fix my headlight because it was broke on my scooter.”
“I sat down to have a smoke and he went to test the power on the electrical wires I was waiting for him to come back, I checked, he was gone and the scooter was too.”
Constable Paul Walker calls it’s a crime beyond words.
“We have a veteran who has given his life to our country, has come back and is involved in our community and we have somebody taking advantage of that especially right close to Remembrance Day.”
Samaritan steps in
The crime left Wiebe virtually trapped in his own home.
“I’m almost lost, I can walk about a block with my walker, that’s it.”
That is, until Chris Kehler of Coast Bathing Solutions caught wind of his predicament. He’s now offering Wiebe a virtually brand-new scooter to replace the stolen unit.
“We just felt terrible that this has happened, that people can sink to those levels. And we thought that if we could help, we’d like to help.”
Wiebe wasn’t available to hear the news himself, but his close friend John, another Legionnaire, was overcome with emotion.
“I started this on his behalf, but he didn’t want to do it himself. He’s a very proud man… he’s a vet.”
Kehler says the plan is now to get the scooter to Wiebe’s ahead of Nov. 11, so he can attend the ceremonies.
“It’s just the right thing to do, especially two days before Remembrance Day.”
With files from Matt Lee