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Wheelchair Stolen in Broad Daylight

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YAKIMA, Wash-- A Yakima man is asking for your help tonight after his custom built wheelchair was stolen in broad daylight.

This is not your standard wheel chair, it's custom built to fit Mark Ryan's body and medical needs. It really isn't usefull to anyone else.

In 2007, Mark underwent surgery to remove a tumor near his spine. Accidentally his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. 

Mark is a Vietnam Veteran and Veterans Services helped him get his custom wheelchair. It took six months and $28,000. But, it's not about the money, Mark just wants his mobility back.

The chair was stolen sometime Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from his home in Mobile Manor.

"I parked my wheelchair in the carport where I usually do and went to a doctors appointment. I got a haircut and we came home it was 1:45 to 2:00 and the chair was gone," said Mark Ryan.

Mark is currently using a manual chair, but can't go far due to his heart condition. To rent a power chair similar to the stolen one would cost about half of his fixed income. Mark's chair is burgundy with black seat cushions.

Mark said he just wants the chair returned no questions asked, but they have reported it missing to Yakima Police Department. If you have any information about the missing wheel chair call YPD at 575-6200. 

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