THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- This is a story of unexpected blessings and sorrows. Gordon Thomas has had a rough go of things. The first thing you notice when talking to him in person is his eye. It's bright red, runs constantly.
"They say I have scratches on my cornea and that it's turning into an ulcer. I can't really afford insurance and every time I go to the eye doctor, it's like $100," said Thomas. "But thank God, a local doctor came on Sunday to my motel room and took a look at me free of charge. He wants me to go see him in the office on Sunday. I'm so grateful for that."
Thomas hopes his latest setback will work itself out like that, too.
He used to drink a lot, went to rehab and for the past nine months has worked at Havoline Oil, trying to make money, trying to be a better father to his 8-year-old twins. He doesn't have a license and was driving a 3-wheeled scooter, a trike, to work. Thieves made off with his trike Saturday night around 6 p.m. at the Hospitality Suites on Randolph Street in Thomasville.
"I'm just walking to work now. I hope to give my kids the world, only have a few crumbles now, but I'm giving them all I've got. I'll get there one day, I won't give up," said Thomas.
If you know anything about the case, call Thomasville police.
Investigators also are urging residents to download the Nextdoor app for their neighborhood in Thomasville, which connects residents with each other and encourages people to share information.