Stolen Car, Car Seat Returned To Family Of Boy With Cerebral Pal - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Stolen Car, Car Seat Returned To Family Of Boy With Cerebral Palsy

Posted: Updated:

A Spokane Valley family is breathing a sigh of relief, after police in the City of Spokane tracked down their stolen car. But the car wasn't their main worry – it was what was inside.

That's because Guadalupe Rangel's 9-year-old son, Simon, has cerebral palsy. His custom car seat given to the family by the Shriners Children's Hospital was inside, along with a clear tray that is supposed to go with him on the school bus that attaches to his wheelchair to hold his toys.

But when Rangel came outside to get the tray out of her car Tuesday morning, it was gone.

"He was all ready to go, he just needed his tray to go to school, and she couldn't find her car," Rangel's daughter and Simon's sister Paola Hernandez told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

Thankfully, about eight miles away, neighbors near Napa and Liberty did find it. The car alarm was blaring and they reported seeing two people running down the block away from it, then called police.

Spokane Valley deputies gave Rangel and Hernandez a ride to retrieve their stolen car – and much to their surprise, when they opened the doors they found the car seat and the tray still inside.

"The ignition looks good, everything looks good," Hernandez added. "We were surprised."

The thieves did leave behind a toolbox, bags of garbage, clothing and cigarettes. Police are hoping there are fingerprints or other evidence they can track. The car was stolen sometime between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 8:00 a.m. Tuesday from the Eagle Point Apartments on Bowdish in Spokane Valley.

If you saw anything that can help police, give them a call.

 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Notorious cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson, dead at 83

    Notorious cult leader and murderer, Charles Manson, dead at 83

    Monday, November 20 2017 7:23 AM EST2017-11-20 12:23:24 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the death of Charles Manson (all times local):   11 p.m.   Prison officials say it's "undetermined" what will happen with the remains of cult leader Charles Manson.   Manson died Sunday night after nearly a half-century behind bars. He was 83.   Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections, says he died of natural causes.

    More >>

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on the death of Charles Manson (all times local):   11 p.m.   Prison officials say it's "undetermined" what will happen with the remains of cult leader Charles Manson.   Manson died Sunday night after nearly a half-century behind bars. He was 83.   Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections, says he died of natural causes.

    More >>
  • Idaho teen recovering after being hit by a car

    Idaho teen recovering after being hit by a car

    Monday, November 20 2017 12:03 AM EST2017-11-20 05:03:02 GMT

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was hit by a car on Seltice Way near State Line. The victim said moments after he was hit, the driver fled the scene. The boy's dad told KHQ's Hayley Guenthner that Saturday night around 9:00, his son went to grab a snack from the gas station about a block from their home. He said the car veered off the road and into the parking lot where his son was. When a woman came to 

    More >>

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was hit by a car on Seltice Way near State Line. The victim said moments after he was hit, the driver fled the scene. The boy's dad told KHQ's Hayley Guenthner that Saturday night around 9:00, his son went to grab a snack from the gas station about a block from their home. He said the car veered off the road and into the parking lot where his son was. When a woman came to 

    More >>
  • North Spokane Couple finds Bullet Lodged in Front Window

    North Spokane Couple finds Bullet Lodged in Front Window

    Sunday, November 19 2017 11:52 PM EST2017-11-20 04:52:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is terrified after they say someone fired at least one shot at their home near Maple and Fairview. They believe the gunman targeted the wrong property. Danielle Rees and her husband discovered the bullet hole, and the bullet still lodged in their woodwork. It went through one of their front windows. "That's going to be my daughter's room," Danielle said. "What if she would have been there? What if my niece and 

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A family is terrified after they say someone fired at least one shot at their home near Maple and Fairview. They believe the gunman targeted the wrong property. Danielle Rees and her husband discovered the bullet hole, and the bullet still lodged in their woodwork. It went through one of their front windows. "That's going to be my daughter's room," Danielle said. "What if she would have been there? What if my niece and 

    More >>