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Police Find Missing Prosthetic Leg After Theft Outside Eagles Game

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    A man in a wheelchair claimed a woman stole his prosthetic leg outside the Eagles-Giants game Sunday night. (Published Monday, Oct. 13, 2014)

    Philadelphia Police found a missing prosthetic leg after a local musician claimed a woman stole it from him outside Sunday night's Eagles-Giants game at Lincoln Financial Field.

    Sonny Forriest Jr., a Vietnam veteran and musician who performs outside of Phillies and Eagles games, told NBC10 he was singing in the parking lot around 8:30 p.m. when the theft took place.

    Forriest Jr., who began using a motorized wheelchair after losing his leg, said he had taken off his prosthetic leg during his performance. He was packing up his car to get going when a group of people danced around him.

    "There were some friends who were partying with the leg, then they put it back," Forriest Jr. said.

    As he continued to sing, Forriest Jr. said he was then approached by a woman in her 20's who was wearing Eagles gear.

    “She jumped in my lap,” Forriest Jr. said. “She gripped my leg and I didn’t even know it. I looked down and she took my leg! Then she disappeared! A young lady came up, snatched my leg off my chair and took off!”

    This wasn't the first time Forriest Jr. had his leg stolen -- it also happened in the 90s, he said.

    Despite the theft, Forriest Jr. remained in good spirits when he spoke to NBC10 and even performed a few songs. He also had a message for the person who snatched his leg.

    “It’s a shaaaame, the way you mess around with old men!” he sang. “It’s a shaaaame the way you hurt me!”

    Forriest Jr. filed a police report as police searched for clues. On Monday around 1 a.m., a SEPTA conductor found the prosthetic leg on a train at the other end of the Broad Street Line Subway at the Fern Rock Transportation Center in Olney and then contacted police.

    Police reached out to Forriest Jr. to return the leg. Reunited with the leg, Forriest Jr. said he doesn't wish for the woman who snagged his leg gets help.

    "Somebody need to talk to her, she don't need to go to jail."

    Investigators said that it appeared in total that three women took part in the heist.