Brooklyn Heights’ case of the Missing Disability Scooter has been solved by a BHB reader who got the alleged thief to fess up to his misdeed. However, despite our reader’s reporting the confession to no less than two of New York’s Finest, the scooter grabber got away after officers reportedly totally dissed the amateur sleuth.
Here’s the chain of events straight from our reader:
This afternoon, on the way home from shopping, I saw a white van — NY State license plate [redacted] — stopped in front of the recycling piles outside of 111 Hicks Street. The black or dark hispanic guy inside was taking recycling materials from 111′s recycling. I asked him whether he’d taken a motorized scooter from outside 89 Hicks last week — and he said he had! He thought it was trash, being thrown away.
I ran to the corner, saw a traffic policeman on Pineapple Street, urged him to come around the corner, but he refused. He went to a traffic police car and the driver also refused to get involved.
I rushed up to my apartment and called 9-1-1, gave them the location of the van, said I would wait for them outside 111 Hicks. As of this moment I can say that it’s been an hour, and no police ever showed up. And, of course, the van is long gone.
I saw a neighbor who lives in 89 Hicks and he was able to notify Charles D. Younger, owner of the scooter, of my information.