CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A Chesterfield family is heartbroken after their son's wheelchair was stolen last month. It was a special wheelchair that helped their son play basketball and other sports; they ordered it through a special company years ago, and they just want it back.
"I feel like he's disadvantaged enough, and he just didn't deserve it," said the boy's mother, who does not want her identity revealed. "He's very upset by it, very upset."
In early December, someone broke into the family's shed on Rainwater Road, where the wheelchair was stored for the winter. It was the only thing that was taken, and the mother says the theft has significantly impacted her family.
"He used it to play basketball," she said. "Sometimes he plays wheelchair soccer, lacrosse and tennis, things like that."
The chair's slanted wheels help the players move during athletic activities.
"I'm just confused as to why somebody would take it," the boy's mother said. "I can only assume it was just to have a little fun with, and I would have assumed maybe they would have brought it back or something, but I just don't understand. Why?"
To make matters worse, basketball practice starts on Wednesday.
"Hopefully they'll have an extra chair that he can use in the meantime," she said. "Just please bring the chair back. That's all we want; we just want it back."
If you know anything about this robbery, call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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