Dying man can't get around after thief steals bike
A TERMINALLY ill man's bicycle has been stolen from outside his home in what friends are calling a "despicable" act.
Patrick Leggett, from West Mackay, suffers from arterial varices syndrome. He has two years to live and used the bike to get around because walking was difficult.
Mr Leggett said his bike disappeared on Saturday night.
"I couldn't believe it was missing... It was chained up and everything, they must have had bolt-cutters," he said.
Mr Leggett's friends couldn't believe it either and went on social media to track down the bicycle.
His friend Jacinta Patterson posted a photo of the bike on a Mackay Facebook page, hoping someone would recognise it, or feel remorseful and return it.
"I think it's despicable, stealing off a dying man," she said. "He's got two years left, he's on 15 medications a day."
Mr Leggett's brother Shane McCartney also shared the post on Facebook.
His message to the thieves was "just bring his bike back".
"Surely if they've got a heart, stealing off a dying man - they probably didn't know at the time. Just bring the bike back, he needs it," Mr McCartney said.
Mr Leggett is on a disability support pension and had to borrow $700 to buy the bike a year ago.
"I finished paying it and now it's gotten stolen. I've got an old second-hand girl's bike that I'm going to have to ride," he said. "I'll have to save up for a while (to buy a new one)."
Mr Leggett suspects the thief may have been on a crime spree on the Saturday night.
One of Mr Leggett's neighbours said a plastic bin had been stolen from outside her home
Anyone with information that could assist should phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800333000 or crimestoppers.com.au.