The Acworth Police Department has come to the rescue of a Cobb County man who had his only method of transportation taken from his home.
The police department purchased a new scooter for Anthony Jones after the resident reported his vehicle was stolen March 4.
Lt. David St. Onge, who oversees the department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said Jones called a couple of times following his report to follow up on the case. It was the agency’s first encounter with Jones, who said he has autism and uses the scooter to get to and from work at a local grocery store. Investigators learned the scooter had been dumped at a tow yard in Bartow County.
After inspecting his vehicle, Jones discovered the scooter was inoperable and damaged beyond repair, the Acworth Police Department said.
St. Onge said this is where his detectives stepped in. Officers used money from the department’s Chaplain Fund to buy Jones a new scooter from Smyrna-based Mooney Motorsports. They also outfitted the scooter with a locking mechanism to prevent future thefts.
Acworth detectives are still investigating the theft, and no suspects have been identified in the case.
St. Onge told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Acworth Police Department on occasion helps less fortunate residents in the community when they fall on hard times. For example, officers have collected money to buy groceries for a family and pay a person’s electric bill.
“Overall, the staff here at the police department really goes out of its way to be involved in the community,” St. Onge said.
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