St. Pete Police ask for help identifying crook who stole 94-year-old's tricycle

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 11:31:54-04

The St. Petersburg Police Department is hoping the public can help identify a man who stole a 94-year-olds motorized tricycle. 

94-year-old Richard Griffin rode his motorized tricycle to the CVS, on 6th Street South in St. Pete on July 18. Griffin went inside the store to purchase eye drops in the pharmacy and by the time he went back outside someone had stolen his tricycle.

"So I told the girl right away, call the police they robbed my bike," Griffin said.

It is a motorized trike that requires a key to operate and is not easy to move. For this reason, St. Pete Police believe someone may dump it once they realize they can't pawn it.

"Please help us get the word out, as this is Mr. Griffin's only mode of transportation. He can't afford the estimated $2,700 to replace it," St. Pete Police wrote in a press release.

Surveillance video shows the crime being committed but the low quality has made it difficult for police to identify the suspect.

Griffin turns 95-years-old next month. He has a piece of advice for everyone, including the thief.

"Be good to people, don't hurt each other," said Griffin. "That's it."

Anyone wanting to donate money to assist Griffin in buying a new trike can send a check made out to SCLEC with Richard Griffin in the memo line at the bottom of the check to the following address:

Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities
c/o St. Petersburg Police Department
1300 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705