Abilene man has wheels stolen while helping hurricane victims


ABILENE, Texas - A man who is helping Hurricane Harvey victims became a victim himself after someone stole the wheels and tires off his pickup truck while he was along the Texas Coast helping people rebuild.

Robinson said his mother noticed the wheels and tires missing at about 7 a.m. Friday and gave him a call. They then contacted officials to make the report.

On September 9, Robinson left with a local construction company to help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. He said he's in Port Aransas and has not been back home. He also said he can't believe someone would do this while he was away.

" It's kind of heartbreaking you know, because I don't have a motor in that truck right now and I'm trying to make the money to put a motor in it, and now I have to worry about the tires," Robinson said.

Abilene Police officials said two reports have been made of similar thefts. The first was on September 19 and the other on the 21 st . Both vehicles were left sitting on cinder blocks.

Robinson said being born and raised in Texas, he felt the urge to help -- when he saw the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, he packed up and headed to the gulf coast.

"I think it's been one of the best experiences of my life you know to get to see the look on their face when you get a project done for them and just see the relief that they get from it," Robinson said.

He also said he was raised to forgive and forget and that all he wants are his wheels and tires to be returned. Robinson said if they aren't returned, he will be forced to spend a total of $5,000 for the wheels, tires, and the motor that he needs.

"I think it's kind of scary. I mean, we live in a population of only 120,000 people, you know, and you got to watch out for these things," Robinson said.

Robinson encourages others to look out for their neighbors.

"Your neighbors are your community ... you have to watch out for each other and for things like this," Robinson said.

Both of these incidents are still under investigation.

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