Heartbroken Family Pleads for Thief to Return Wheelchair Accessible Van
10 year old son depends on van to get around.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE-Jennie Thompson says she's shocked, and doesn't know why someone would take her family's 2011 Town and Country gold van.
"Who would do this? Who would even consider doing this?" she said.
Someone stole it Monday afternoon just before one at an elementary school parking lot at 33rd and Ames where Jennie works. The family relied on the van to get their four kids, including ten year old Devin around. Devin suffers from a seizure disorder. At two, he was left immobile. He depends on his 170 pound chair to get around. The van was made specialty in Atlanta to fit Devin's chair. The family had saved up for it, and had only had it since December.
"There was an issue when we ordered plates, I don't even think we've had plates for a month," Jennie said.
Police list the value of the van at $20,000. They are reviewing surveillance footage from the school. Thompson filed a police report, and checked the police impound lot half a dozen times Tuesday to see if it's been returned. She's not betting that it will be.
"Devin can't walk, and he can't talk. And he can walk, and this person can talk. And this is what he's chosen to do with his abilities? Is to steal," Jennie said.