Thieves steal man's wheelchair cart from his rural Waikato property

Mr Lewis on his wheelchair.
Mr Lewis on his wheelchair. Photo credit: Screenshot/Stuff

A Cambridge man has been forced to invest in more security after thieves went after his wheelchair.

Phillip Lewis recently realised the cart he tows behind his wheelchair was stolen from in front of his rural Waikato property, and it's not the first time he's been targeted, Stuff reports.

In 2016 thieves took his $30,000 4x4 wheelchair for a joyride across the Karapiro Dam and dumped it outside a public toilet.

Six months ago Mr Lewis was forced to scare another pair of would-be thieves off the property from inside his digger after they tried to load his chair onto the back of a truck.

Now Mr Lewis has been forced to use a padlock to chain his chair to a fence while he's in the digger, and he's saving to build a new shed near his house to lock everything up.

"I don't understand why someone would want a wheelchair like this," he told Stuff.

The chair is essential for Mr Lewis' work on his rural property, allowing him to get across the rough terrain to access the digger and tow the cart behind to feed cattle.

It has a top speed of around 10km/h and the limited battery means it can only travel about 20km.

Stuff reports he posted about the cart's disappearance on Neighbourly, calling the people who stole it "low-life thieves".

But what he can't get his head around is the fact people would bother to steal his cart.

"I left it alone for about 10-15 minutes while I went to check on my cows," he told Stuff.

"Came back and saw it had gone, and just thought, you've got to be kidding. Really, a garden cart?"