CRIME

Police Recover Dana Huard's Stolen Wheelchair

03/23/2012 04:22 pm ET

Police in Lewiston, Maine said a wheelchair that was stolen from a man Sunday outside his home has been returned.

According to family members, Dana Huard depends on the Pride Mobility TSS300 Power Chair for transportation. The 80-year-old cannot drive due to degenerating eyesight. He uses the chair as his sole source of transportation and keeps it parked in front of his apartment building on Lowell Street.

But on Sunday morning the $1,800 wheelchair disappeared.

"They stole it right from under my bedroom window," Huard told The Bangor Daily News after the theft. "And with all the people around there. I don't know. I can't get nowhere now. I'm sitting here with nothing but a broken walker."

Huard was reportedly forced to walk to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston earlier this week. He remained at the facility for two days while he received treatment for water retention.

According to The Associated Press, the wheelchair was recovered on Thursday. Authorities have suspects in the theft, but no arrests have been made, WGME reported.

Huard's daughter, Wendy Deemer, 46, told The Sun Journal that the family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they received from the community after the theft was covered by local media.

"The family really thanks everybody who's offered to help," she said. "It's just wonderful. It just shows there are still good people out there in the world."

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