South Bend man to be reunited with stolen legs

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A pair of prosthetic legs will be returned to a 68-year-old man who reported them stolen from his garage.

Joseph Kopinski got a call late last night from a security guard at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, where he takes physical therapy, saying someone had turned the legs in recently.

Kopinski says he'll go to the hospital to retrieve his legs. He says he couldn't find the legs Monday when he arrived at a physical therapy session. Friends helped him search his car and garage for the missing limbs.

Kopinski says he was recently fitted with the legs, which cost about $2,000 each, and was just learning to walk with them when they disappeared last week.

Kopinski uses a scooter to get around. He had both legs amputated due to complications from diabetes.

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