'Stolen' Scooter Mistaken for Sidewalk Trash, Say Police
By Adam Nichols
DNAinfo News Editor
Upper East Side — An 86-year-old disabled woman whose scooter was snatched from outside a church was reunited with her wheels after police tailed it to the Bronx.
Elinor Krach's carriage disappeared from its parking spot outside the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, on East 74th Street, on Thursday as she worshipped inside.
A witness said he saw two women hauling it into the back of a truck and driving off.
But police who tracked the van down to a Bronx apartment said it had been taken by accident by two cleaners who mistook it for sidewalk trash, the Daily News reported.
One of the women, who works cleaning a building beside the church, said she thought the brand new scooter had been abandoned, and scooped it up for her disabled brother.
The second woman, who lives in the same building, gave police the same story.
"They were in complete shock," a law enforcement source told the News.
"In no way did they think they were stealing."
Police collected the scooter from the brother's house, the News said. Neither of the women were charged with a crime.
"I don't believe they thought it was garbage, it's brand new," Krach, who is a friend of Liza Minnelli's, told the News.
"But the thing is, I have it back. I can't believe that. I'm very pleased."