A disabled woman’s motorized wheelchair vanished for more than 12 hours this week after thieves took the vehicle for an apparent joy ride.
A 49-year-old woman told York police her gray Hoveround wheelchair was taken while it was charging, according to a police report on the theft. The wheelchair was taken from the home on York Park sometime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The woman told police the chair was in the shed when she left the house at 4 p.m., but it was gone by the time she got back four hours later. A friend of hers told her he saw a suspicious man around the area where the wheelchair was charging around 5 p.m.
The wheelchair reportedly had a storage bag on the back that contained a lighthouse wind chime and a box cutter.
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The next morning, a patrol car traveled down York Place around 5:30 a.m. and noticed the $1,000 wheelchair was back in the shed. The thief or thieves had apparently returned the wheelchair after taking it out for an overnight joy ride.