Stolen Car, Car Seat Returned To Family Of Boy With Cerebral Palsy
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
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.
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