A TEENAGER says she’s been made to feel like a criminal after shelling out £150 have her stolen scooter returned.
17-year-old Lucy Holliday, of Highfield, was forced to hand over the cash for the Peugeot Trekker scooter, a 16th birthday present, after thieves pinched it from outside of her home.
The Scarborough Sixth Form student said the theft left her “devastated” - however, her misery was compounded when she received a letter from North Yorkshire Police saying she had to pay to have it removed from storage.
“I couldn’t believe they asked me to pay, considering I’m the victim in this’, said A-Level pupil Lucy, who suffers from a debilitating hip condition called perthes, which means she struggles to walk.
Needing the scooter to get to college, the teenager had no choice to pay. Her mother Emma digged into her savings to pay, so that her daughter could get to college.
However, when Lucy turned up to collect it, she received a further shock.
“I turned up wearing my helmet ready to drive it back. When I got there, I looked at this scooter that had been destroyed - then I realised it was mine.
“I was so upset. They hadn’t even told me what condition the scooter was in.”
According to Emma, the scooter had been “ripped apart” for spares.
“She added: “It was a total write off. I was furious.
“I was also just really, really disappointed with the whole system. She’s the victim yet she’s the once being punished.”
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “