While Bob Cole was waiting at a bus stop for his two young sons, who were due to arrive from school at any moment, he was suddenly robbed.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I know I would probably make a really target,” Cole told CBS 13.
Cole is legally blind and though he can see a little bit, he never saw the brazen thief who stole his phone right from under his nose in broad daylight.
Cole was at a bus stop in the middle of the day when he was robbed.
The father of two said he felt a jerk and then all of a sudden his phone was gone. Moments before he was holding his phone close to his face so he could read the time.
The thief, who was on a bicycle, must have seen him and decided to strike. As soon as Cole realized what happened he took off towards the thief.
“I just yelled ‘Hey stop come back here!’ And he continued on, and I knew I couldn’t keep up, so I just yelled at him, ‘God knows who you are and God sees who you are.'”
He wasn’t going to let the thief get away.
Cole couldn’t keep up, but it didn’t matter. A woman, who had seen the robbery, approached him and told him she was able to get his phone back.
“For others out there who I don’t even know to take the time to do that, it makes me very thankful,” he said.
Even though someone took advantage of Cole’s disability, he doesn’t resent the person who attempted to make a getaway with his phone, and he hopes his boys feel the same.
He wants them to see what happens when you are kind to another and he hopes they realize how important it is to be kind to one another.
“I’m praying for this guy, whoever he is. I’m praying for him, and I hope he turns his life around one day.”