North Portland woman's motorized scooter stolen off back porch

Motorized scooter taken from woman with polio

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A North Portland woman is wondering how she will get around after the theft of her motorized scooter.

"I was sick to my stomach," said Mardell Wilson.

Wilson was diagnosed with polio as a teenager. She is now battling post-polio. It has taken a toll on her 78-year-old body.

"It gets tired," she said.

Everything is a struggle, but Wilson caught a break a little more than a month ago. Her daughter encouraged her to get a motorized scooter.

"It's like I have legs," she said. "That's the only way to describe it."

Wilson has been doing things she has not done in years. She was getting around without a bit of trouble, but that all changed in a flash.

Wilson parked the $1,200 scooter on the back porch of her home near North Portsmouth Avenue and Oberlin Street when somebody stole it. It happened between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

"It's like they took my legs," she said. "Who would have the audacity to do that?"

Wilson said the scooter is only 100 pounds but it has an awkward shape. She's convinced more than one person is involved. She hopes they find it in their heart to return the scooter.

"I want to think that and I also don't want to think someone could be so rude, so evil."



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