Moline Police Searching For Thief That Stole Disabled Veteran’s Wheelchair Lift
This is a new low for thieves. 60-year-old Army veteran Eddie Green said it best, "There's some low-down dirty people to do something like that."
Eddie uses scooters to get around since he's had a heart attack and spinal surgery. He told WQAD, "I just can't move that good no more, legs don't want to do anything."
Moline Police say that over the weekend, thieves took apart the wheelchair lift that was attached to Eddie's SUV, which was parked in his driveway.
"They broke it off, they broke the whole thing off. This was a necessity to me. I needed it. In the meantime, I gotta stay in the house, I can't go anywhere," he said.
A replacement lift costs between $2,000 and $4,000. Since Eddie is on disability, he won't have the money to replace it. Luckily, he's spoken with somebody at the Veteran's Administration who says they will try to help.
"It may take a month before I get the lift back, so basically, I'm on house arrest." I'm glad to see that Eddie has kept his sense of humor. "I just keep smiling, that's all I can do."
If you have any information to offer, call Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
You can read more of the story at WQAD.