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Veteran's Wheelchair Stolen From Market

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Mel Morris's morning routine hasn't been the same, since a thief stole his motorized wheelchair.

"I went in, came out, and it was gone," Morris said Monday.

A daily trip to the Arcade Market on Marysville Boulevard gave Morris a reason to get out of the house.

"Get up, make breakfast, watch TV. Nothing exciting," Morris said.

It is a simple routine, but for Morris, accomplishing those tasks is complicated.

"Well, you can say that I've had a heart attack, I've got a hernia, I've had a bypass. I got P.A.R.D., hardening of the arteries. Old age," Morris told FOX40.

Morris can walk, but can only make it a few feet before his legs start acting up. He describes the sensation as needles going through his legs.

Since his motorized wheelchair was stolen, Morris has been using his backup wheelchair as a walker.

"Sit, walk, sit. I don't get very far in it because the other part of the wheel is missing," Morris said. He's relying on a wheelchair with a broken wheel for his mobility.

In better times, Morris was on his feet, serving his country in Vietnam.

He's man of few words. So few, he never told the grocery store about the theft. His message to the thieves, went without saying.

His wheelchair had a sticker, identifying him as a veteran. He will continue to do what he has to do in order to get by. However, if he had the chance; if he had some help, he would just want something simple.

"Just one that's electrical. I don't want a James Bond wheelchair," Morris said.

Morris is not asking for donations, but if you would like to help him, email us: If you have any information on Mel's stolen wheelchair, contact  the Sacramento Police Department

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