Van Stolen with Woman’s Wheelchair Inside

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CLEVELAND -- A disabled Cleveland woman has lost her only means of transportation. Her van was stolen right outside her home, with her wheelchair inside.

Linda Grose, 65, needs assistance even to walk a few steps. An accident 12 years ago left her partially paralyzed and now, it will be more difficult to get around since someone stole her van.

"It was to take me to the doctors and stuff, to my appointments and that's because I can't walk," Grose said.

The family purchased a 1999 Dodge Caravan and had it just 5 days before it was stolen early Saturday morning. It was parked right outside her West 44th Street home. Her wheelchair was inside the van.

"I can't understand why someone would take it. And take my wheelchair. That wheelchair meant a lot to me because that was my father's. And I used it every place I went because I can't walk," Grose said.

Police found the van at West 40th and Denison Sunday morning. It had been involved in a hit and run accident. The people who took the van were not caught. The wheelchair was not in the van.

Grose believes whoever took the van threw the wheelchair away.

"They probably didn't care that it was for somebody handicapped. They probably didn't care at all," she said.

Grose carried only liability on the van and she is not sure when she will be able to afford to replace it or the wheelchair.

Anyone with information about the theft of the van and the missing wheelchair is asked to call the Cleveland Police Second District.