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Vietnam Vet's Prosthetic Leg Stolen Outside Philadelphia Eagles Game…on His Birthday


"I hope she don't get in a position where she's disabled or anything."

Image: Screen capture WPVI-TV

At least one Philadelphia Eagles fan wasn't celebrating the team's 27-0 shutout over the New York Giants Sunday night.

Sonny Forriest Jr. is a disabled Vietnam veteran regularly seen outside Lincoln Financial Field where he sings and accepts the generosity of fans. Sunday also happened to be his birthday.

Image: Screen capture WPVI-TV Image source: WPVI-TV

As the game was about to begin, Forriest was sitting in his motorized chair, singing in the parking lot outside of the stadium. That's when a woman apparently jumped on his lap, breaking his microphone. Forriest said the woman offered to pay for the mic, but then she ran away through the parking lot — taking his prosthetic leg with her.

Morgan Zalot, a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, heard about the stolen leg on a police scanner and posted the news on Twitter.

Zalot's post was re-tweeted more than 700 times. She added a second notice with phone numbers to contact police.

Fortunately, the Vietnam vet was reunited with his prosthetic just a few hours later, after transit police found it at a subway stop.

Police are reviewing security camera video in the hope of identifying and catching the woman. But the Philadelphia sports fixture said he doesn't want the guilty party arrested.

He told reporters, "One day she's gonna get old…and I hope she don't get in a position where she's disabled or anything."

(H/T: ABC 6 News)


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