Wheelchair-bound man mugged for his rent money

Clint Hardman sits in his Calgary home on January 7, 2014, holding his empty wallet that is all he...

Clint Hardman sits in his Calgary home on January 7, 2014, holding his empty wallet that is all he has left after two teenagers allegedly pushed him over and took off with his rent money. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Michael Platt, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

CALGARY -- Brazen is one word to describe a street robbery held in the broad daylight near a busy C-Train station; audacious another.

But when the victim is in a wheelchair, cowardly is the only label that really fits.

Somewhere out there, two very cowardly teenagers have a disabled man’s rent money, and the pride that comes with mugging a man who could barely fight back, even if they hadn’t attacked him from behind.

“They football tackled me in the wheelchair — I fell and my wallet was trapped underneath me, but the envelope with the cash slid out on the snow,” said Clint Hardman.

“One of the kids grabbed it and ran.”

Police are now scouring CCTV footage from businesses around Heritage C-Train station, near where the mugging took place.

Hardman, a 46-year-old living on a disability allowance, had just made a two-hour trek by bus to his bank, where he withdrew $1,400 for his landlord.

Left with a severely-injured back following a fall two years ago, Hardman has gradually rehabilitated to the point where he can go short distances on arm-brace crutches — though he says walking is still exhausting.

Having wheeled himself from the bus stop, Hardman used his crutches to climb up the hill to the bank and back — and police suspect the pair may have watched their victim as he withdrew the money and hobbled back to his chair.


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