UPDATE (Monday, May 18, 2020) -- STOLEN TRIKE RETURNED; VICTIM, 101, COMMENTS ON COMMUNITY OUTPOURING; SOUND-BITE VIDEO AVAILABLE
SOUND BITE (.mp4 format):
Yesterday (Sunday, May 17, 2020), 101-year-old Chester Cunningham's stolen electric/pedal hybrid trike was returned.
A deputy received anonymous information that someone had found the trike in their yard and had heard about Chester's story.
The tricycle was then returned to Chester's home by the Sheriff’s Office, to his surprise.
Last week, we checked in on Mr. Cunningham to let him know there were no updates to his report (at the time), but that several people had contacted the Sheriff's Office and offering to donate to replace his stolen property.
When told about their generosity, this is (in part) what Chester told us:
Several people had already donated $1,200 to him to replace the tricycle after his story was featured in the news. He wouldn't accept it, and asked the money instead be donated to the many people who are hungry right now.
Chester explained he was born in 1919 and had lived through the hard times of the Great Depression. For several years, he and his family struggled. Chester is more concerned for others right now. Chester explained he wasn't a rich man, but he would prefer people direct their generosity toward those in our community who are going without food.
SOUND BITE AVAILABLE: Video of 101-year-old Chester Cunningham explaining this can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:
We've contacted those who offered to replace Chester's tricycle and told them the good news. We also passed along Chester's request that they help those who are, as he said, in more need than he is.
We're pleased this case has a happy conclusion. Photos of Chester Cunningham reunited with his stolen trike are attached.
EARLIER (May 6, 20120) -- SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASKS FOR PUBLIC'S HELP TO RECOVER ELECTRIC/PEDAL TRIKE STOLEN FROM 101-YEAR-OLD
Please reference CCSO Case # 20-009317
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate an electric/pedal trike, stolen from a 101-year-old Clackamas County man.
On Monday, May 4, a Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a mobile-home park on the 7400 block of SE King Road in Clackamas County to take a report of the stolen trike.
The 101-year-old victim told the deputy that he'd noticed his red EWheels EW29 Recreational Scooter (pictured) -- an electric- and pedal-powered trike -- was missing around 10 a.m. that morning. The chains normally securing the trike to his porch had been cut.
The victim purchased the trike a year and a half ago for $1,624. Photos of the scooter are attached. It's red with some black highlights.
TIPS SOUGHT: Anyone with information on the stolen trike is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-009317.
Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit