A South Tyneside woman’s independence has been rocked by thieves after stealing her mobility scooter parked outside a village store.
The scooter had been left outside Sainsbury’s at Station Terrace in East Boldon when it was taken.
The theft happened between 9.30pm and 10pm on Thursday July 10.
The owner, a woman in her 60s who suffers from a range of medical conditions, is said by police to rely on the scooter to help her get out and about.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “The scooter is extremely important to the owner as she suffers from a number of medical conditions which make it difficult for her to get around.
“It gives her independence and makes life easier for her and we’re appealing for help to trace the whereabouts of the scooter and return it to her.”
The scooter is described as a burgundy shoprider scooter with a grey seat and wicker basket on the front.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191. Callers are asked to quote reference number 369 11/07/14 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.