Scooter recovered, back with owner
WILLIAM Dufty is over the moon and he wants everyone to know how grateful he is for the fact he is back on the road on his own scooter.
Mr Dufty, who is unable to walk, had his Sportster mobility scooter stolen from where it was chained up outside his unit some time during the night of March 24.
The theft deprived the invalid pensioner of his only means of remaining independent.
The $4500 scooter, one of only three in the city, was his pride and joy and he was only halfway through paying it off.
When his story appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate on March 30, people came forward to help and William accepted generous Park Beach couple Rex and Kathy McLeod’s offer of Kathy’s scooter, which Rex said had been sitting in the shed for years.
William lost no time in climbing aboard and riding his new chariot home.
The good news kept coming last week, with William phoning the Coffs Coast Advocate to say Coffs Harbour police had found his own scooter.
Peter Dubois of Peter Dubois Smash Repairs was contacted by police and retrieved the scooter, which had a flat tyre, from behind a building in Prince St.
Alan Aitkin of Scooters and Mobility in Orlando St cleaned up the muddy scooter, pumped up a flat tyre, donated a new battery pack and returned Mr Duffy’s scooter in mint condition.
By Sunday, with two scooters on hand, William was wondering what the McLeods now wanted to do with their two-person scooter.
Yesterday Kathy McLeod said she would like to keep her scooter for the time when she and her husband eventually made their planned move to Kempsey to live nearer their daughter and her family.
But Rex will have to take charge of the driving, because Kath is the ultimate nervous driver.
“I bought it and our son was mucking around and tipped her out and she’s been petrified of it ever since,” Rex said.
William Dufty said he wanted to thank everybody who had helped in the recovery of his scooter.
“There are some good people in Coffs Harbour,” he said.