Car of stroke victim stolen from hospital
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MILWAUKEE - A local family is pleading for your help after someone stole their car from the entrance of St. Luke's Hospital.
Tony Vodnik was picking up his wife, Jeanie, who had spent the past two months hospitalized, recovering from a severe stroke. He'd just loaded his wife's belongings into the car and had turned to bring in gifts for her nursing staff when someone jumped in the car and sped off.
"The things that she's held dearly for the past two months to help her get to this point were in that vehicle," explained Jeanie's sister-in-law, Annette Surfus.
Doctors didn't expect Jeanie to recover. Her family tells me it's the words of encouragement, the prayers and pictures that helped her pull through. Cards, letters of encouragement, prayer books, a treasured rosary now all gone.
"I don't know why you would do something like that outside of a hospital but I'd just think you'd have enough decency to return her personal possessions," said Vodnik.
Not only did the thief steal from a recovering stroke patient, but a woman known for handing out angels to strangers in need. Now Jeanie's family hopes there's an angel who might return the gift.
"The car is unimportant to me right now. At this point I just want her treasures back to help with her recovery. They're extremely important to her."
Police don't have any suspects right now. Video from security cameras wasn't clear enough to help. The car stolen is a 2013 Audi A8L with the Wisconsin license plate 280-PBF.
Anyone who sees the car or has any information is asked to call Milwaukee police.