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Caught on camera: man steals motorized wheelchair from Portland family

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Thieves stole a motorized wheelchair from a southeast Portland man.

Aleksandr Yaravoy has used a wheelchair since he was 19 and recently suffered a stroke. He has a conventional wheelchair, but the motorized wheelchair allowed him to travel more freely.

"It gave him the freedom of him having legs, going around everywhere," said Slavik Protopopov, Yaravoy's nephew. "Since this wheelchair he has to push himself. That one was electrical, driving around wherever he wants."

The motorized wheelchair was stolen Aug. 13 from the carport of his home on SE Alberta Street in Clackamas County.

Surveillance video shows two people approach the home on bikes shortly after 4 a.m., then shows one man ride the motorized wheelchair out of the carport and into the street.

Yaravoy's wife said they've already forgiven the thief, but since insurance won't replace the wheelchair, they want him to return the one he stole.

Protopopov translated for his uncle, who speaks Russian.

"He's just saying to tell him to please return it, since he brought him happiness and now he's disappointed," Protopopov said.

If you have any information about the theft, contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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