VISTA — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Vista station are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a suspect wanted for the theft of a computerized communication device used by a person who has cerebral palsy.
Detectives said that on June 17 at about 7:23 p.m., an unknown male suspect stole a black backpack belonging to a man that suffers from cerebral palsy and is severely physically disabled. The theft occurred at the Vista Transit Station, located at 101 Olive Ave. in Vista. The backpack contained a computerized devise that assists the victim in communicating via telephone. The devise is valued at $7,000 and allows the victim to live independently.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video walking his bike by the backpack. He stopped, took a second look and continued walking only to return to take the backpack after leaving his bike near the Sprinter boarding area.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male with brown collar length hair, unshaven, with a light complexion and medium build. He is 35 to 40 years old, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs between 150 to 185 pounds. The suspect was wearing white painter’s pants and a grey shirt.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the identity and or location of the person responsible for this crime to call the Sheriff’s Department, Vista Station at (760) 940-4551 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. There is a reward of up to $1,000 offered in this case. Anonymous e-mail and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.