United States Paralympic hopeful Ranjit Steiner told NBC Bay Area that he discovered Tuesday morning that his prosthetic leg was stolen out of his car.
Steiner said his car window was smashed and his laptop and backup running blade were stolen along with the leg.
"It's just so low," Steiner said. "You never think anybody would take something like that."
Steiner placed third in the 200-meter run at nationals last year and is training for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He told NBC 4 that the "most exciting" part of his day is when he gets to track practice and called it his "way of life."
He said that two running blades, a knee and a socket costs $30,000. Steiner has asked the public to help him try to find his stolen leg so he can get back to training.
The prosthetist who co-owns the clinic that employs Steiner told NBC 4 that the value the prosthetic leg has to Steiner "far exceeds anything that anybody could get for it on the black market."
- Molly Geary