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Man charged with stealing Hoveround from Kingsport grocery store

May 6th, 2013 4:06 pm by Rain Smith

Man charged with stealing Hoveround from Kingsport grocery store

A Kingsport man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a Hoveround from a city grocery store, then attempting to return it as police were taking a report on the incident.

The suspect claimed that he and a friend thought the powered wheelchair was one that had been stolen from his friend's grandfather, according to police. Eric A. Sikkema, 28, of 3864 East Line Drive, apartment 28, was arrested at the scene and charged with felony theft over $500.

A Kingsport arrest report says officers were called to Food City on North Eastman Road shortly after noon on Friday. The 70-year-old victim told police that he had left his Hoveround parked inside the store as he shopped, using one of the grocery store's wheelchairs to do so. When he finished buying groceries the personal mobility vehicle was gone.

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