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Kamloops man asking for public help finding stolen orthotic leg

Grant Gunnarson is new to Kamloops. He arrived in the city earlier this week on his motorcycle. His orthotic was stolen off his motorcycle from the Aberdeen Mall parking lot.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Grant Gunnarson
July 12, 2019 - 3:30 PM

KAMLOOPS — Grant Gunnarson was looking for a fresh start and decided Kamloops was the right place to start looking for work again.

He had just gotten into the city earlier this week after moving from Quesnel and he had only been here for an hour before he realized his much needed orthotic leg was stolen off his motorcycle while at the movies.

“It was 8 at night and I had been riding all day so I just wanted to relax,” Gunnarson says.

 

He only took in his helmet and coat. Since he didn’t need to wear his orthotic anymore, he decided to leave it in the saddle bag of his motorcycle, with part of it sticking out.

“I went in and watched a movie and the only thing that was missing was my orthotic,” he says.

He got it less than a month ago and it cost him around $2,000. He needs it to help with walking after he suffered a motorcycle accident where he broke his leg.

“I was walking around on crutches for quite a while and then a cane and then I finally got the orthotic and then immediately had it taken away,” he says.

Without it, he’s having difficulty walking and riding his motorcycle. He turned to social media to see if he could get people in the community to help him find it.

He’s also stopped in to some medical supply stores in town to see if anyone has tried bringing one in.

“They said they don’t take them but they would let me know if somebody tried to bring one in,” he says. “The pawn shops said they wouldn’t take that in at all.”

Gunnarson says he is most likely going to have to get another one.

But he has been touched by the number of people who have reached out to help him. 

“Everyone has been such a help here,” he says. “I got taken out for dinner last night to talk about this and then another guy has offered me a job. Shout out to the people of Kamloops.”

Anyone who might have seen Gunnarson's orthotic can get in contact with him through Facebook.

The orthotic looks like this, except white.
The orthotic looks like this, except white.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Grant Gunnarson

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