An electric tricycle reportedly stolen from 101-year-old Chester Cunningham on May 4 was located Sunday, May 17, by a deputy who received anonymous information that someone had found the trike in their yard.
Deputies returned the tricycle to Cunningham's home, to his surprise. Several people had contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, offering to donate to replace his stolen property.
When told about their generosity, Cunningham told police he wouldn't accept the donations, and asked the money instead be donated to the many people who are hungry right now.
Cunningham 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.
Cunningham is more concerned for others right now, he told deputies. He 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.
Clackamas County sheriff's detectives investigated the theft at the Terri Lynne Mobile Home Park, a community for people over age 55 located on Southeast King Road near 74th Avenue, in the unincorporated area just east of Milwaukie. Deputies say the electric and pedal-powered scooter was stolen from Cunningham around 10 a.m., sometime after the chains securing the trike to the man's home had been cut.
Cunningham told police he had bought the EWheels EW29 Recreational Scooter over a year ago for $1,624.
Deputies contacted those who offered to replace his tricycle and told them the good news, also passing along his request that they help those who are, as he said, in more need than he is.
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