Thief Steals Man's Wheelchair - FOX 13 News

Thief Steals Man's Wheelchair

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

A man in a wheelchair becomes the victim of an unbelievable crime. FOX 29's Kelly Hessedal spoke to that victim.

The 45-year-old victim tells FOX 29 that he had been waiting to catch the trolley at 41st Street and Girard Avenue around midnight.

He was sitting on some steps with his wheelchair next to him when he says a man dressed in dark clothing grabbed his chair and took off.

The victim says he yelled at the man to give it back but says the man just laughed.

Neighbor Shirley Ross says she doesn't know what she would do if that happened to her. She also uses a wheelchair and says that getting around without her wheelchair would be impossible.

"I think it's sad someone would take something someone needs. I don't know what's wrong with people," Ross said. "I don't understand why people do this. What are you going to do with a wheelchair? You have no need for it; why take it?"

The victim, who's originally from the neighborhood where the robbery happened, says it was a football injury that left him disabled. The wheelchair is only valued at about $200, but it's money he says he doesn't have.

Ross says she understands. To scrape together the money to put a chair lift in her house, she says, took a year and a half.

"Just bring his chair back. Please bring his chair back because they are hard to come by, especially when you have no money," Ross said.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Kraft Foods Group Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:24:54 GMT
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
    Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners.
  • Man Killed in Monroe Township Skydiving Accident

    Man Killed in Monroe Township Skydiving Accident

    Man Killed in Monroe Township Skydiving Accident

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:03:12 GMT
    A person was injuredafter askydiving accident in Gloucester, Washington Township on Sunday afternoon.Police say the parachute did not open. The person landed on Tuckahoe Road right across from the United Artists movie theatre, which is about a half mile from Cross Keys Airport.Police are currently on the scene still investigating.Stay with Fox 29 for any updates on this story.
    A person was injuredafter askydiving accident in Gloucester, Washington Township on Sunday afternoon.Police say the parachute did not open. The person landed on Tuckahoe Road right across from the United Artists movie theatre, which is about a half mile from Cross Keys Airport.Police are currently on the scene still investigating.Stay with Fox 29 for any updates on this story.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices