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Memphis teen’s wheelchair stolen a second time

Memphis teen’s wheelchair and van stolen a second time
Memphis teen’s wheelchair and van stolen a second time(Source: Christen Hulgan)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 10:56 PM EDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One family has been a victim of crime in Memphis not once, but twice.

Both times, the criminals broke the heart of a child.

”I’m feeling really sad and really disappointed at this moment,” said Christen Hulgan, whose daughter’s wheelchair was stolen.

Hulgan gets emotional talking about the family van getting stolen Wednesday from their Cordova driveway.

”When we got that van, it’s like her lifeline,” she said.

The van is customized and built to accommodate 17-year-old Annabelle Hulgan.

Anabelle was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. She uses the custom wheelchair to get around. Her chair was in the van when it was taken.

”This is not fair for people,” Anabelle said.

She’s crushed by this crime.

It’s not the first time it’s happened.

Someone stole her wheelchair when she was just 4 years old.

The $8,000 chair that gives her independence is only worth about $20 in scrap metal.

”It was devastating. But I feel like it’s more devastating now because I didn’t understand back then,” said Anabelle.

Memphis police quickly recovered the van at 1 a.m. Thursday morning in Frayser, but Annabelle’s beloved wheelchair is still missing.

Ordering a new one will take months.

”If anybody’s out there and you’re looking, it’s a pink wheelchair. The bottom part is pink, hot pink. So, if you see it somewhere on the side of the road, or in a dump pile somewhere, if you’ll please give us a call or call the MPD, it would mean so much if we could get it back,” Hulgan said.

Memphis teen’s wheelchair and van stolen a second time
Memphis teen’s wheelchair and van stolen a second time(Source: Christen Hulgan)

Hulgan said the Memphis Police Department told her a juvenile was driving the van around when they found it.

If you see Annabelle’s wheelchair or know where it is, you are urged to call police and let them know where to find it.

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