Friends and family of a Bible Hill, N.S. man say he has been robbed of his mobility and independence after someone stole his motorized scooter.

When Steve Weatherby noticed his shed door was open Monday morning, he thought his neighbours had brought him bottles to recycle.

“They drop a bunch off for me sometimes and I never did think that anybody would steal my scooter,” he says.

Cerebral palsy has left Weatherby paralyzed on one side of his body, requiring him to use a motorized scooter to get around.

He paid $1,800 for the scooter with recycled bottles and donations from his community.

“It’s cruel, yeah, it’s very cruel,” says his sister, Kathy MacKay. “I don’t know how anybody could justify in their own mind taking from people who aren’t able to replace.”

While Weatherby’s mobility is extremely limited, he says keeping the scooter inside his small trailer wasn’t an option.

“It would be too hard to manoeuvre around everything in my house,” he says.

Community members are coming forward with offers to help Weatherby get around, but he says he just wants his scooter back.

“Yeah, I miss the mobility. But, I still get out when I can.”

He also says he’s not interested in seeing criminal charges laid against whoever took his scooter; he just wants it returned as soon as possible.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan MacIntosh