ST. PETERSBURG — Police are accepting donations to help replace a 94-year-old's stolen tricycle.
Richard Griffin's motorized tricycle was taken July 18 while he was inside a CVS at 4260 Sixth St. S. in St. Petersburg. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help Griffin can send a check to Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities at 1300 1st Ave. N in St. Petersburg, with Griffin's name in the memo line.
Police released surveillance video of the trike theft Wednesday. The footage shows a man with a backpack checking out the trike. He moves the handles around, tries to push it, but it's hard to move. Then, he swings his legs over the seat and slowly walks it out of the camera's frame.
Griffin said he relied on the trike for all his errands and he doesn't have the $2,700 it would cost to replace it. He got it a couple of years ago, after his failing eyesight forced him to give up his van and license.
"I need that bike very much so," he said. "For groceries, all of that."
When asked what message he would give to the thief if he could speak to him, Griffin responded: "I wouldn't want to talk to the person. I'd want to knock his head off."
Anyone with information about the stolen trike is asked to call the St. Petersburg police at (727) 893-7780.