Police Trying To Find Manhattan Wheelchair Bandit

NEW YORK (1010 WINS / CBS 2 / AP) — Police are asking for help to find a man wanted in connection with the theft of a tourist’s motorized wheelchair.

Police said the 68-year-old owner is a stroke victim who was visiting from Florida.

He was dining with his daughter at Palm Too restaurant on Second Avenue on July 20 with the Jet 3 Ultra wheelchair parked outside when the thief struck. A witness spotted the man motoring away northbound on the sidewalk.

The suspect is described as approximately 25-30 years old, 5’8”-5’10” and 160-170 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

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