FELIX Jenkins' motorised scooter was found partly submerged in Cudgen Creek on Saturday morning.
FELIX Jenkins' motorised scooter was found partly submerged in Cudgen Creek on Saturday morning. Blainey Woodham/ Tweed Daily News

Scooter heist wanton and senseless

THE professional theft of his scooter was something Felix Jenkins could comprehend, but senseless destruction of his only mode of transportation has left him shocked.

The 93-year-old World War II veteran discovered his motorised scooter, which was stolen from the back of his Kingscliff unit early Friday morning, partly submerged in nearby Cudgen Creek early Saturday morning.

“Personally I think the people who stole it must be around the bend. They are real ratbags,” Mr Jenkins said. “I don't understand why they would want to destroy it.”

The scooter, valued at $5000, was spotted by a neighbour.

“He came around and told me to look. All you could see were the handlebars and head rest sticking out of the water. A couple of seagulls were perched on it,” Mr Jenkins said.

“I was shocked it was found. I thought it was gone forever.

Up until he saw his destroyed scooter, Mr Jenkins was convinced the theft was a professional job.

“I thought they loaded it onto a truck with a bunch of others and took it interstate to sell. They do it with cars,” Mr Jenkins said.

“A theft I could understand because they may have been desperate for money. But this is just senseless destruction.

It was a long weekend for the home for the veteran.

“It was a strong inconvenience for me. I normally go visit the local garage sales but I wasn't able to do that this weekend,” Mr Jenkins said.

He had owned the scooter for three years.

The scooter was insured and Mr Jenkins now awaits word on when he will receive a new one.

He hopes to obtain the loan of a second-hand scooter in the meantime.



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