LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Like a lot of friends and family, nothing would've stopped Sheri Donahue from going to Friday's LMPD graduation, not even a broken foot.

Donahue and her boyfriend are lake people, but a slip near the boat nine months ago left her in a boot and on the mend.

"I haven't been able to put any weight on it," she said. "I've been having to use a knee scooter. This week, I started putting some weight on it."

Since she and her boyfriend found a handicapped spot close to the site of the graduation at Iroquois Amphitheater, hoofing it seemed like an OK idea. 

"I said, 'I know there are a lot of steps in the amphitheater. I think I can get from here to there and back without the scooter,'" she said.

The ceremony came and went. Donahue watched as her friend and around 40 others went from recruit to officer. It felt good, until she came back out to the parking lot.

"We always leave the scooter in the back of the pickup truck, and when we came out, it was gone," Donahue said.

It happened at an event filled with officers, the police chief and even the mayor.

"You would think that you'd be safe there, and if you're not safe there, you're not safe anywhere," Donahue said.

Her frustration isn't with police. It's with the thief.

"I was angry, obviously, that somebody would do that," she said. "I know I'm temporarily handicapped, but I'm handicapped. I can't get around without it."

She and her boyfriend filed a police report just hours after the incident, while coming to the realization that the days it will take to get a new scooter could be rather rough.

"It does make my life difficult not having it," Donahue said.

She estimates the cost of the scooter to be around $1,000.

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