Callous crook steals man's leg

A ROCKHAMPTON man thought he'd be safe leaving his prosthetic leg on the shoreline while he went for a paddle board ride on The Causeway Lake.

He was wrong.

The unclipped right half-leg - made of rubber, steel and fibreglass - left inside his jeans, caught the attention of a heartless thief.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin yesterday, the victim, who asked not to be named, said he was bewildered by what happened last Saturday.

"If they did it to be nasty, well that's pretty nasty," he said.

With a paralysed arm, the man said it was lucky he had his spare leg in the boot of his car, as he couldn't use crutches or a wheelchair.

He said the spare leg was old and starting to break at the foot, which gave him a slight limp.

The man has used a prosthetic leg for more than 35 years and said some people he knew wouldn't even know he had it.

"I'm hoping they could have dumped it there, but it could end up anywhere. You just don't know," he said of the thieves.

"I was shocked to think someone would steal it.

"Why would you steal a leg? It's not something you can re-sell. No two are the same and they are not worth anything."

He said after this, nothing ceased to amaze him.

Yeppoon police said it was a low act and anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously at the lake, or an artificial leg dumped on the Capricorn Coast or in Rockhampton, should call the station on 4939 0000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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