Yvonne Carnell’s 2014 Yamaha 50cc Yuma, her only mode of transportation, was stolen from her Vernon home in mid January, but returned mid February. (Submitted Photo)

Scooter stolen from Okanagan woman returned one month later

Man does “the right thing” after learning scooter he bought was stolen

After about a month since a Vernon woman’s scooter was stolen, she didn’t expect she’d see it again.

But on Feb. 12, Yvonne Carnell got a call from someone saying they knew where it was and would arrange to get it back to her.

Carnell had her 2014 Yamaha 50cc Zuma stolen mid-January from the secure parking at Tamarack II on 27th Avenue. As her only mode of transportation, the loss of the yellow and black scooter was a real hit.

“It’s kind of been another kick in the teeth for me,” Carnell told The Morning Star after it was stolen. “How do you get ahead and keep your head above water?”

READ MORE: Vernon woman pleas for return of stolen scooter

She had issued a plea that no questions would be asked if the scooter, which she affectionately calls Mr. Bumble, was returned.

She called the newspaper and even put up posters in the area.

Then she received an unexpected call from someone who urged the individual who had it to give it back.

“I’ve been talking to him and told him just because he bought it off so and so doesn’t mean it’s his,” the man told Carnell. “I told him he has to suck up what he’s lost and do the right thing.”

And true to his word, the man met up with Carnell, and a friend, with Mr. Bumble.

“Two Good Samaritans in my life last night,” said Carnell, who picked it up on 26th Avenue between the recycling depot and the former Howard House.

She had a feeling it was in that area from some tips from others who had seen it.

“I’d had a phone call from a homeless person who I pass every day on my way to work and he said to me to check out Howard House.

“I spoke to a lot of people, letter carriers, newspaper carriers, everybody was sort of looking out for it.”

While her shoulders are now sore from pushing the scooter home (it was stolen without the battery), she is thankful to have her wheels back.

“The only thing missing is the license plate. It’s been gone for four and a bit weeks and they hadn’t even popped the seat. So I got my insurance papers, thank God.”

While the initial theft was reported to police, she is just happy to have the scooter back and won’t be pursuing the matter.

“I don’t want to get the police involved,” said Carnell.

READ MORE: Two parking meter vandals arrested in Vernon


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Osoyoos knife-wielding woman wins appeal to reduce sentence

Court of Appeal settled that the sentencing judge erred in principle, and the sentence was unfit

FortisBC offers 90-day bill deferrals to customers impacted by COVID-19

Customers can apply for the relief program through the utility’s website

Online marketplace for downtown Penticton businesses an opportunity to support local

Marketplace will help support local businesses and assist customers in finding goods and services

RCMP pursuit in Okanagan Falls leads to arrest of Penticton man

Seamus Kirby of Penticton is facing numerous charges including flight from police

North Okanagan bands together in support against COVID-19

New group launches website with tools to help endure crisis

WATCH: Salmon Arm artist hosts virtual art show amid COVID-19

Roxi Hermsen’s show “Into the Cosmos” is a tribute to her father Bill Sim

HERGOTT: COVID-19 and ICBC

Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

COVID-19: Armstrong gym fined $345 after failure to close

The fitness centre was issued a ticket a day after province ordered all gyms to close

Bus rider who travelled to Golden tests positive for COVID-19

The passenger travelled from Calgary to Golden on March 15

Armed robbery of legal grow-op in Sicamous ends in arrest near Enderby

Residents alarmed over increased police presence Tuesday morning

Wildfire burns out-of-control on Adams Lake band land in the Shuswap

BC Wildfire Service reports Shuswap two-hectare fire is not threatening structures

COVID-19: Vernon homeless shelters combine in curling club

Gateway and Our Place shelter sites housed under one roof amid pandemic

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Most Read