Authorities asked the public on Thursday for help in identifying two men who assaulted a disabled North County military veteran and stole surfboards from him.
About 9 p.m. Monday, Randy Abbott saw the thieves removing the three boards from the roof rack of his vehicle in the 2600 block of Oceanside Boulevard, according to police.
When Abbott confronted the thieves, they attacked him and threw him out of his wheelchair before fleeing with the surfboards in an older-model silver Toyota 4Runner with tinted windows and large BF Goodrich-brand tires, Lt. Valencia Saadat said.
“Two boards were recovered nearby but were badly damaged,” the lieutenant said. “A third is still missing.”
The robbers were described as roughly 5-foot-10-inch white men in their early to mid-20s, one with short but shaggy blond hair, and the other with a long brown ponytail.
Abbott runs an Oceanside business that seeks to help disabled veterans and children through surfing and interactions with service dogs, Saadat said.
Anyone with information about the crime was asked to call Sgt. Rick Favela at (760) 435-4591 or Detective Mark LaVake at (760) 435-4872.
— City News Service
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