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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Child in CO Gets Wheelchair Back After Stolen from Body Shop Parking Lot

UPDATE 1/26: A heartless crook stole the custom-made wheelchair from their family's car late last week while it was at an auto shop.

On the night of January 26, Pueblo police returned it to 7-year-old Logan Lucas.

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Logan and his mother, Jessica Lucas, pose with members of the Pueblo Police Department after the 7-year-old's wheelchair was safely returned.

 

Pueblo police Sgt. Shelly Taylor said she was on a separate call when a woman flagged her down. The woman told Sgt. Taylor she had watched our story on 11 News over weekend, and found the stolen wheelchair.

Police quickly called the Lucas family and returned the chair.

11 News was with Logan and his mom Jessica Lucas as they stood outside the Pueblo Police Department anxiously waiting to get little Logan's wheelchair back.

"You can't believe that someone would do that. Willingly do that, and it just broke our hearts," Jessica said.

Logan, 7, has a rare form of cerebral palsy. But his condition doesn't slow him down; he loves being outside, going for rides in the car, and just playing around.

Without it, he was stuck. Logan was visibly excited to get his chair back.

"He knew that it was his chair. He knows...what that chair means. He gets to go outside, he gets to go in the car, and he gets to play. He knows," Jessica said.

We first aired the Lucas family's story on 11 News Saturday night. Since then, the family has been flooded with offers of assistance from people throughout southern Colorado.

Jessica had been working with the auto shop and their insurance to get a replacement custom chair. Now, they can put an end to all of that.

"He wants to go. He wants to get in his chair, and he wants to go. He's happy," Lucas said.

"The mother was very emotional and it made me feel good that we could meet and bring that peace back to her," Taylor added.

Pueblo police say they do not have a description of the crook who stole the chair. If you have any information call the Pueblo Police Department at (719) 553-2655.

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Previous Coverage 1/24: It's a despicable crime: someone stole a 7-year-old boy's wheelchair out of the family car.

Like many other kids, Logan Lucas loves hanging out with his mom and playing games--but unlike many kids his age, Logan suffers from a rare form of Cerebral Palsy.

"It affects his motor skills so he can't walk or talk," said Jessica Lucas, his mother.

Now that Logan is growing up, he relies entirely on his custom wheelchair to get around.

"He just loves being outside, he loves to be in the car going somewhere," said Jessica.

A few days ago, Jessica took the family car on a quick trip to a neighborhood auto shop. When the family got the car back they noticed wires were sticking out of one of the doors.

"My daughter looked in the back of the trunk and said, 'Mom, Logan's chair is gone,'" said Jessica.

The $5,000 wheelchair was the only thing taken from the car.

"I was just in utter shock, I mean who would steal a child's wheelchair?" she said. "What are you going to get from a wheelchair?"

Jessica said it would have been apparent to the crooks that they were stealing from a child.

"You could obviously tell it was a wheelchair, it was small, so it's a child's wheelchair. I don't know...I don't know what kind of person would do that."

Now Logan, who loves being a kid on the go, is stuck at home until a replacement is made.

"What they did to my son is not fair. He already faces so much in life, he didn't deserve this," Jessica said.

Jessica didn't want to tell 11 News which Pueblo auto body shop her car was at when it was broken into because she said the company is actively working with her to pay for a replacement.

She says even when it's paid for, it could take more than six weeks to get a custom wheelchair for Logan again.


We would like to thank www.kktv.com for giving Autobody News permission to reprint their article.

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