Deaf man whose iPad was stolen on MAX saddened by theft

Deaf man whose iPad was stolen on MAX saddened by theft

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on September 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 15 at 10:18 AM

PORTLAND – KGW spoke with a deaf man Saturday who had the iPad he uses to communicate stolen Friday.

Gary Meierotto, 62, was on the way to work on Portland’s east side from Beaverton when two men worked together to steal his iPad.

Background: iPad stolen from deaf man on Portland MAX

Meierotto uses email and a phone relay system through the iPad and since it’s been gone, he has had trouble communicating.

With the help of an interpreter, KGW spoke with Meierotto.

"One of them said get that iPad and grabbed it while I was holding it and playing with it. He grabbed it of my hands and that was it," he said.

Meierotto's friends said he is emotional about what happened and even though it's hurtful what happened he will carry on.

“I use it to be able learn a lot of things…When I travel I always have it. It keeps me busy,” he said. "It's pretty low..makes me feel pretty bad."

Officers searched the neighborhood but did not find anybody matching the suspects' descriptions. On Friday, police released surveillance pictures of the suspects.

The man who grabbed the iPad was described as African-American, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-9, with a thin build and short black hair. He was wearing a red T-shirt, light blue jean shorts and black, high-top tennis shoes.

The man with the bike was described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-10, with a medium build and a Chinese symbol tattoo on the left side of his neck. He was wearing a white T-shirt, baseball cap and black shorts.

Any one with information about the suspects was urged to call police.

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KGW reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report.

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