Florissant car thieves steal vehicle, woman's wheelchair

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by KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 4 at 4:59 PM

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV) -- Police are investigating a string of thefts targeting older vehicles in Florissant. But for one resident, a stolen car was overshadowed by the loss of something even more important -- her wheelchair.

Renee Clair said her family's 1988 Buick LeSaber was parked across the street when thieves stole it in the night. Her wheelchair was in the vehicle's trunk. She said her husband had to find her a rental wheelchair.

"He had to borrow a wheelcharir from a daycare center in in order for me to go and vote," Clair said. "Which you know, is hard. I'm a very private person and I don't like to ask for much."

Florissant police are asking for the public's help to stop what they call a string of auto thefts in the area. Police say they have received seven or eight theft reports for older model Oldsmobiles and Buicks.

Clair's husband was pulled over the night before the family's car was stolen.

"The officer just wanted to make sure that this car was his vehicle," she said. "And the officer told him, 'We've had a strong of robberies in this area, they've been stealing these cars...'"

Clair said she hopes whoever stole the car -- and her wheelchair -- will bring it back.

"I'm hoping that whoever sees this story will find it in their heart, and that maybe the Holy Spirit will touch them, and say, let's return the vehicle."

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