A widow has been left housebound after a cruel thief stole her mobility scooter from outside a supermarket.
Olive Roberts said she has been left in a total state of shock and despair since the theft last Thursday and has pleaded with the heartless soul to return her scooter as she cannot afford to replace it.
The 78-year-old, who lives in Main Street, Cayton, told the Scarborough News that the thief appears to have got on the scooter before taking it for a joy ride.
But so far any attempts to recover the vehicle have proved fruitless.
She said: “I had left it outside the Morrisons in Eastfield when I went in to get some shopping but when I came back a couple of minutes later it was gone.
“The store had caught someone on CCTV just getting onto it and driving off.
“It is very upsetting.
“I cannot get around very easily so I have not been out of the house since, I have no family in the area so it is very distressing.”
She has reported the matter to the police but with each passing day her hopes of being reunited with her valuable means of transport lessen.
“The police have told me there is a possibility it has been dumped or vandalised,” she added.
“But I think that if that was the case someone would have found it by now. They are very expensive and I cannot afford to buy a new one.”