PD: Wheelchair used by paraplegic stolen from Phoenix home

PD: Wheelchair used by paraplegic stolen from Phoenix home

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PHOENIX -

Police are asking for help finding a wheelchair stolen from the home of a 50-year old paraplegic woman. It's a custom wheelchair that she desperately needs to get around.

The wheelchair was sitting outside their home near 35th Avenue and Glendale when it was stolen.

The family is asking for it back, no questions asked.

"She knows it's gone and she knows she's going to be uncomfortable in any other chair," said Darlene Lovitt.

Darlene Lovitt has dedicated her life to taking care of her twin sister, Marlene.

She says she washed her sister's wheelchair Tuesday and set it under her carport to dry, only to have it stolen.

"When I just came out to get it to get her out of bed, I looked and it was gone," said Darlene Lovitt.

Marlene Lovitt was paralyzed in a 1979 motorcycle accident, when she was 16-years-old.

She was in a coma for 15 years.

She came out of it and was confined to a wheelchair.

"It's her legs. It's what she gets out with. Like we get out in a car and go, she gets out in her wheelchair and goes. And that's the only way she gets around to do anything," said Darlene Lovitt.

The stolen, $5,000 wheelchair was custom-made to fit Marlene's legs.

"She can't even sit on the couch in a chair because she just falls out, her legs don't bend like ours do," said Darlene Lovitt.

For now, Marlene sits in a wheelchair borrowed from a friend.

Her sister says it's uncomfortable and she could fall out.

Despite the challenges she's faced, Marlene remains optimistic.

"I really don't think she really understands she may not get this chair back, she may not get it back that she may have to use another chair...You think you'll get your chair back? [Darlene nods 'yes'] I think you will too, I think somebody's going to bring your chair back, I think they will," said Darlene Lovitt.

It's a non-motorized, dark blue "immobility" custom wheelchair with a gel seat. It was not insured.

The Lovitt's ask the wheelchair be returned, no questions asked.

Call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS with any information.

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