Roberto Da Silva Ribeiro has spent his life overcoming obstacles — he’s non-verbal, deaf and has mobility issues, but through it all he’s shown fierce independence that was until someone severed his only lifeline outside of the Hamilton apartment building he calls home.
“I feel hopelessly stuck, facing starvation, and unable to leave my apartment,” Da Silva Ribeiro told Global News through a tablet.
Hamilton police are looking for the man’s adult tricycle that was reported stolen on Oct. 28 and police said they believe the trike, which belongs to a man with “limited mobility,” was targeted.
“The bike was actually parked in the underground parking. It had two locks on it,” explained Const. Lorraine Edwards.
“The victim did everything right. Unfortunately it was targeted. I think the individual knew the bike was there and came equipped and ready to remove the locks.”
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Police said it’s believed the suspect slipped through the garage doors behind a vehicle at Olympia Apartments at 150 Charlton Ave., adding the theft caught on surveillance video.
Hamilton police searching for trike reported stolen from apartment complex garage
“He personally feels attacked. I’m personally upset about it,” explained Alexander Da Silva Riberio, the nephew of the victim.
“It’s what he used to get around and someone took that from him. I don’t know…