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UPDATED: Stolen segway returned to disabled Texas Tech student

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Harrison Self is a junior at Texas Tech, and well-known on campus for riding his segway Harrison Self is a junior at Texas Tech, and well-known on campus for riding his segway
LUBBOCK, Texas -


As of Wednesday morning, Harrison Self's segway was returned to him, along with the other items that were stolen from his apartment. 

A good Samaritan and FOX34 viewer, Derek Dunn, realized he had bought the swiped segway after viewing the exclusive story online. He says he bought it for $1000 on Facebook Marketplace on Sunday.

"I'm glad I'm the one that bought it. And somebody that was honest to return it. Because that hardly ever happens, even the detective this morning said 'this doesn't happen'," Dunn said.

According to Self, the person who broke into his apartment, found a way to open a window from the outside, and confessed to the crime late Tuesday night.

A TV and Apple TV were also stolen from a next door neighbor by the same person; those items have been returned as well. 

No charges have been filed. 


Harrison Self is a junior at Texas Tech University.

He suffers from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called "Emory Dreifuss", which makes it difficult to get around.

Harrison is well-known on campus for riding his segway.


"That's how people know me, before they get to know me. It's just a cool, unique thing, " Self said. 

"They want to be very independent. A lot of our students with mobility issues are that way. They want to be very independent, they want to get around. I know students use segways feel like it's a much more mobile system," Managing Director of Student Disability Services at Texas Tech University, Larry Phillippe said. 

Like many other Tech students, he came back to Lubbock the weekend before the spring semester started.

Nothing seemed off, until he took a look inside his apartment.

"Stuff's everywhere, all the cupboards are open... everything's kinda moved around. I go to the front door and that's where I keep my segway, that's how I get around and it's not there," Self described his less-than welcome arrival home. "I go upstairs and both the rooms up there are busted open. It just was a disaster. Worst case scenario, honestly, coming back," he added.

Self says he double and triple checked the locks before he headed home to Dallas for winter break.

"Some of the windows were broken, none of the windows were open, so they somehow got in through the electric lock, " he said. 

A TV mounted to the wall and paintball gear were also taken from the off-campus apartment.

"Everything that was taken is really replaceable, but to me, the segway isn't just because I use that thing every single day," Self said. 

For now, Self says he will be able to manage. 

"I have no hard feelings towards them, you know, I forgive them. But you know, this obviously isn't right. I hope something can be resolved from this," he said.

If you know anything about the missing segway, you are asked to call Lubbock police. 

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