Thieves have broken into Pontefract’s Parkgate Mobility store just weeks after it opened.
The criminals broke into the newly opened shop in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The Pontefract and Castleford Express detailed how police were called to the scene shortly afterwards.
Parkgate Mobility store manager, Helen Sorrell, told the paper: “It’s upsetting as we have only been here 5 weeks and we’ve already been targeted and took what they wanted. We are here to provide a service for people who need us, people who have mobility problems that need help getting around and the incident has hindered that.”
She added: “We’ve had such good customer feedback who have said there isn’t a mobility shop in Pontefract and saying how glad they are we are here so I think the customers are disappointed for us. We’ve had many kind customers ring up the shop to tell us how sorry they are.
As much as the store has done its best to continue with business as usual, its offering has been hindered.
Sorrell went on to explain: “We are open as normal, it’s sad though because I had a gentleman come in today wanting to buy a large scooter but we’ve only got two in, when we usually have a choice of several.
“I hope the culprits get found because it’s just not nice to do this to the people who need the product. For vulnerable people scooters are their means of getting around and meeting people or going to the library and church and keeping life normal for them. Using a scooter also keeps them active and mobile so it’s sad they should be denied that.”
The same local report went on to detail West Yorkshire Police say the suspects approached premises and gained entry before making off with several mobility scooters.
Last week, thieves broke into the AMP office in central London.
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