An elderly pensioner who had his mobility scooter stolen from outside his home has been reunited with his only mode of transport after tip-offs from the public helped police catch the alleged thief.
Laurie Adams, 82, parked his red mobility scooter outside his Ultimo home on Sunday afternoon and it was gone two hours later.
Police say it was a "heartless" crime that robbed Mr Adams of his independence, and appealed for public help.
Officers arrested a 36-year-old man at a Daceyville home on Tuesday night.
"Our investigators have been inundated with calls from members of the public, which led to an arrest last night," Sydney City Police Area Commander Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said on Wednesday.
"This is a fine example of the community coming together to assist police in this investigation enabling us to someone before the court."
The man was charged with larceny and possessing or using a prohibited weapon.
He was refused bail and will face Waverley Local Court on Wednesday.