Disabled victim of crime reports callous theft of electric scooter

Patrick Lavallee holds Marlene Bird after discussing the theft with the Daily Herald. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Marlene Bird and Patrick Lavallee used to visit the lakeshore by their home in Timber Bay. It reminded Bird of her teenage years, when she went fishing with her family.

“I thought about my grandma,” she said.

The trip to the lakeshore was hard going, Lavallee said. The roads are bad, and the pair relied on Bird’s electric scooter to traverse the rugged terrain.

“I can’t push her on this because the roads are too rough,” said Lavallee, referring to Bird’s wheelchair.

But now Bird, best known as the outspoken victim of a brutal 2014 attack that took both of her legs, can’t get to the lake. She said that just a few weeks ago someone broke into her home and stole her electric scooter.

“I just miss my scooter,” Bird said.

Lavallee and Bird first learned about the break-in late last month, when they returned home after spending a few weeks in Prince Albert. They noticed the scooter was missing. So was Bird’s pain medication, a TV and a DVD player, they explained.

An RCMP representative confirmed that the Waskesiu detachment continues to investigate an incident roughly matching the description Lavallee gave, though she declined to provide specific details on what was stolen. No charges have yet been laid.

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