A DISABLED man was left lying in the road after two men he thought were good Samaritans stole his van and wheelchair.
Kevin Parkin was being driven in his specially adapted van to Pinderfields Hospital by his brother Shaun on Sunday.
But Kevin, who suffers from arthritis and other long-term health problems, fell out of his wheelchair in the back of the van as it went along Watson Crescent, Eastmoor.
Immediately Shaun and his son Joshua, nine, went to help Kevin.
Another van pulled up and two men got out offering to help.
The two strangers told Joshua to get out of the van before stealing it.
Mr Parkin, 44, said: “I thought they were coming to help us. I couldn’t believe it when I realised one of them was driving off with the van.”
Afterwards the brothers called the police and an ambulance to take Mr Parkin to Pinderfields Hospital.
The specially adapted van was insured but Mr Parkin’s wheelchair wasn’t and he faces a huge bill to replace it.
Mr Parkin, of Greenhill Road, Eastmoor, said: “I’m stuck here in my bedroom until I get another one, I can’t even get around the flat.”
The Volkswagen Caravelle van was later spotted being driven erratically on Ings Road and Denby Dale Road.
The suspects are described as white men who spoke with Irish accents.
One was in his late 40s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with short, dark, wavy hair. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and jeans.
The second suspect was aged in his 20s, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short, fair hair. He was wearing a dirty beige T-shirt and jeans.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.