WILMINGTON, Del. (WPVI) —
Police in New Castle County have made an arrest after a walker belonging to a young girl with cerebral palsy was stolen from outside of her Wilmington home.
Authorities are expected to release further details about the arrest, including the suspect’s identity, later today.
Brittany Murray said she wheeled her daughter Kristen Edwards-Alexander out to the car last Thursday, placed her in the car and then drove away, accidentally leaving the walker behind in the front yard of their Rodney Drive home.
Police said when Murray realized her mistake, about 20 minutes later, she contacted her husband who was still at home. Investigators said when the husband looked out the window the walker was gone.
Surveillance video supplied by a neighbor shows that within a minute of the two driving off, a man in a white pick-up truck pulled up and took the walker.
“Why would you do that?” said Kirsten Edwards-Alexander. “It just makes me very disappointed as a child that a grown-up would take my walker.”
Kirsten, 10, has cerebral palsy and relies on the royal blue, three-foot-tall custom walker for mobility.
The video shows a white pick-up truck pull up to the house. A man dressed in what appears to be construction gear hops out, takes the walker, and drives away.
A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was her home surveillance camera that caught the act on tape.
“It looked like a scrap metal truck, scrap meddling through the neighborhood,” she said. “But it looked really suspicious because she left and he pulled up.”
Murray questions why anyone would steal a walker.
“It’s heartless person,” she said. “Why would you steal a walker? It wasn’t yours. Why take it?”
Kirsten, who is now confined to her wheelchair, was hoping whoever took her walker will have a conscience.
“I really need it to improve the things I’m doing right now, since I’m not walking like most people,” she said. “It’s very hard not to walk right now because I love walking.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact New Castle County Police Officer First Class Mihalyi at JDMihalyi@nccde.org or at (302) 573-2800, or submit a tip via the department’s website at http://www.nccpd.com.
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