Woman baffled, disappointed by seeming theft of scooter
by Joel Danoy
Jul 03, 2013 | 2499 views | 3 3 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Betty Hanson, at her home on Tuesday, July 2, explains how she used her missing mobility scooter to run errands.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Betty Hanson, at her home on Tuesday, July 2, explains how she used her missing mobility scooter to run errands. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Betty Hanson, shown at her home on Tuesday, July 2, talks about how her electric mobility scooter disappeared after it broke down on June 22 and a friend gave her a ride home.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Betty Hanson, shown at her home on Tuesday, July 2, talks about how her electric mobility scooter disappeared after it broke down on June 22 and a friend gave her a ride home. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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At 89 years old, Betty Hanson shows no signs of slowing down.

But on June 22, an unfortunate incident left her temporarily stranded at her home on Tennis Lane.

That afternoon, Hanson believes someone stole her three-wheel motorized scooter — a critical tool she uses to support herself.

“I was moving right along and the motor died — I mean it just stopped,” she said on Tuesday, July 2. “I tried to turn the key and turn it on again to see if that would work.”

Hanson’s scooter broke down in the alley behind the shopping center on the southeast corner of 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road. After a passer-by helped her move the red-and-black scooter, which has a basket on the front and a pouch on the back, she walked across the shopping center to McDonald’s and was offered a ride home by the restaurant manager.

Hanson returned about an hour later with two of her neighbors to retrieve the scooter.

“They drove me back to the intersection and it was no longer there,” she said. “You could see it from the street, but who would come by for it?”

The neighbors asked nearby shop owners if they had seen anything, but no one had any clues as to what happened, Hanson said.

It’s a mystery that’s left her with few answers.

“They aren’t that common, so I don’t know what someone would do without the charger and key,” she said. “What would be the object, unless they can get those things somewhere?”

Because she doesn’t own a vehicle, Hanson relies on the scooter to do her grocery shopping and run other errands in the shopping center.

Hanson has filed a police report, but she said the alleged theft is compounded because her insurance does not cover the loss, as the scooter isn’t used for home mobility.

“It’s like having your car stolen and all of a sudden you can’t get around,” she said. “They really stole my independence from me, because it’s hard to get other people to do things for you.”

Hanson hopes someone might have information about her scooter’s

whereabouts.

“I hope that somebody saw somebody else pick it up and they will do something about it,” she said. “I know there are lots of good people to make up for the bad ones.”

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Tracy Crime Stoppers. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 831-4847; texting TIPTPD to 274637 with the tip; or submitting an online form at www.tracy

crimestoppers.com.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.
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ChrisRoberts
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July 04, 2013
This is Tracy. Certain folks in this town will steal anything that is not nailed down to the ground. I left a bag of oranges on my front porch for 5 minutes and they were stolen. Yeah, oranges, and this is in a "nice" part of Tracy (as if there ever was such a thing).
ChrisRoberts
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July 04, 2013
and no, by certain folks, I am not implying any race. Unfortunately in Tracy, you can find the lowest of all groups here. They smoke their meth and ride around at night looking for things to steal.

One of them hopped my fence on garbage day, Tracy PD almost got em. Missed him by about 50 seconds.


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