Diabetic offers reward for stolen meds

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The person who rifled a pickup parked outside Western Auto-Marine for 10 minutes Saturday afternoon may have thought the black bag taken was a purse.

The 44-year-old man who owns the bag said the big red cross on the bag should have been a clue that it could be a matter of life and death.

Diabetic and legally blind, he said he is certain he needs the bag more than the thief does.

The owner, a Medicaid patient who doesn't want the thief to know his name, is offering a $100 reward for the return of the bag and its contents.

"It's extremely important to me," he said.

In addition to his prescription glasses, the bag contained three bottles of insulin and glucose testers.

He said he also lost business cards with contact information for doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and the University of Washington.

After reporting the crime to police late Saturday afternoon, he had to find a doctor to rewrite his prescriptions, which had been filled recently, and pay for them and the other medical supplies out of his own pocket, he said.

Meanwhile, he is still without his glasses and has extreme difficulty seeing.

He said he is willing to pay the reward to anyone who returns the bag and its contents.

His belongings can be returned to the Juneau Police Department at 6255 Alaway Ave. The victim also has talked to managers at Western Auto-Marine at 5165 Glacier Highway about the theft. They told the Empire they will accept the returned medical bag and act as a go-between with the owner.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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