Cleveland police return man’s stolen wheelchair; chair broken

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**Update: The family told FOX 8 later Sunday that the wheelchair was broken and they are pursuing other options.

CLEVELAND (WJW) — The family of a man whose motorized wheelchair was stolen while he was shopping at a Cleveland store says his chair has been returned. Unfortunately, it is broken.

66-year-old William Carter, who is a retired construction worker, has a prosthetic leg and uses a motorized wheelchair daily to get around. However, his chair was stolen outside of AJ’s Deli and Drive Thru on St. Clair Avenue around 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30.

Carter had parked his chair outside the entrance of the store before he began his shopping.  When he came out of the store his motorized wheelchair was gone.  Carter said he paid over $7,500 for the chair.

On Friday Cleveland police released pictures of the suspect — a woman in her 20s.  Surveillance video captured her driving away on the chair.

**Watch our previous report in the video above**

Cleveland police returned the stolen wheelchair Saturday night, however the family says it is broken and no longer works properly.  They are pursuing other options.

Police have not made any arrests in this incident.

Continuing coverage, here.

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