ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri (KMOV.com) – A 75-year-old widow is looking for answers after thieves stole her mentally-challenged son’s wheelchair-accessible van.
Grace Kuehl said her 2003 Dodge Caravan, which is equipped with a motorized lift chair, was stolen Sunday morning.
Kuehl said the thieves took more than just a customized van. They took the ability to care for her son, Teddy.
Used to his life chair, Teddy now has to have his mother lift him in and out of the car.
“I’m devastated, I’m scared, I’m petrified,” said Kuehl . “I’m afraid someone might break into my place because they got my name, address and everything from the stuff I had in that van.”
When the insurance company couldn’t provide a lift van, Kuehl requested a smaller car so Teddy could get in and out. But Teddy couldn’t do it without a lot of help from his mother, something she never did before with the van.
“It’s been hell, because like I said I needed that van to get in and out with my son,” said Kuehl. “Why did you have to take from a handicapped that’s already lost with a lot of different things in their life?”
St. Louis County police said no arrests have been made so far in the case. Authorities continue to look for the van.
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