Thieves snatch stairlift as customer waits for engineer to install it

Two men stole a £2,000 stairlift from underneath the nose of a disabled woman in Rochester as she waited for an engineer to arrive to install the equipment.

The thieves took the stairlift from outside Fiona Taylor’s home in broad daylight and reportedly drove off ‘laughing’ as she banged on the window pain and shouted.  

Ms Taylor, who has Polio, had been waiting for her new stairlift to be installed at her purpose-built flat when she heard a noise and saw two men acting suspiciously.

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According to a local newspaper report, the two men then put the stairlift in the back of a white van and made off.

Ms Taylor’s son told Kent Online that his mother has been left “extremely distraught and nervous”.

She told the newspaper: “Those men saw me at the window, but just didn’t care.”

Kent Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident. A spokesman said: “We received a report stating a chair lift was stolen from outside a flat in Secretan Road, Rochester, at around 11.15am on Thursday June 14.

“The lift is reported to have been loaded onto a white van which was then driven away from the area.

“At present, no suspects have been identified.”

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