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Deaf iPad theft victim: 'I was shocked!'

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Surveillance photo of suspects from Portland Police Bureau Surveillance photo of suspects from Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two men in their late teens or early 20s grabbed a deaf man's iPad while on a MAX train, and then took off running as the train came to a stop Friday morning.

"I was shocked," said Gary Meierotto, speaking with the help of a sign language interpreter. "I couldn't believe it. I was crying. I was so nervous."

The 62-year-old victim used the iPad as his primary means of communication.

He was on an eastbound MAX train in southeast Portland when the robbery happened.

Portland police said the two suspects got on the train at the Gateway Transit Station and began being aggressive toward the victim, who was holding his iPad.

When the train came to a stop at the 102nd Avenue Transit Station, one of the suspects grabbed the iPad and ran off the train, heading south on 102nd Avenue.

The second suspect, who was on his BMX bike inside the train, also hopped off the train and started riding his bike south.

"I want my iPad back," said Meierotto. "I want it back. There's no reason to steal my iPad."

Several police officers responded to the MAX station and started to search the neighborhood, but they didn't find any sign of the two thieves.

The suspect who grabbed the iPad is described as black, in his late teens or early 20s and 5'9" tall with a thin build and short, black hair. He wore a red T-shirt, light blue jean shorts and black high-top tennis shoes.

The suspect on the bike is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s and 5'10" with a medium build and a Chinese-symbol tattoo on the left side of his neck. He wore a white T-shirt, a baseball cap, black shorts and rode a BMX bike.

Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of the two men is asked to email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov.

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