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“Just give it back, no questions asked:” Handicapped man in search of stolen wheelchair

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A man is left helpless after thieves stole his van. But what's worse was what was inside his van -- his motorized wheelchair.

Lorenzo Mena has lived on S. 14th St. for years, and every night he parks his van out front.  Last Sunday was no different, until he woke up and it was gone, as was his wheelchair.

"I think it`s really sad that a thief would go and steal a man`s vehicle that needs it. It is very heartbreaking," said Mary Jo Raszeja, a friend of Mena's.

The van was located three days later -- three miles from his home on S. 24th St.  Mena picked it up on Sunday at Milwaukee's impound lot.  The van suffered a broken headlight and scratches up and down the passenger side.  Unfortunately, the motorized wheelchair was not inside.

Mena needs a wheelchair because he lost a leg. He now feels stranded at home.

"Just kind of sad because I can`t get around right now. I cannot get around without it," said Mena.

His friends hope the thief will do the right thing.

"Just give it back, no questions asked," said Raszeja.

Mena's daughter bought him the motorized wheelchair years ago.  He doesn't know the exact value but says they cost several thousand dollars.

If you have any information regarding this, you are asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department.



  • dustin

    Let’s help this guy get a new motorized scooter…. if its no longer in the van its because it had value and is probly gone…. spare a dollar or two to help. The only thing is I do not know how to set up an account for people to contribute to helping this guy out….I will post and repost until this man is helped…

  • Kelly Fuentes

    I’ve been chatting with some people on the Milwaukee Southsiderz FB page, and we have some people willing to help. I’ve been checking around, and between craigslist, IndependenceFirst, or just someone who has one they’re willing to give up, I think we could all come together and help Mr Mena.

  • Kyle Bigelow

    I saw a gray long-haired man dragging a wheelchair across cesar chavez & greenfield ave last sunday while I was at the intersection heading east on greenfield ave… not sure if this is the same wheelchair that was stolen but the man (late 40’s/early 50’s) seemed to not understand how to work the wheelchair properly. He was going from the corner of south muskego ave to greenfield ave (by chase bank). Very ironic this happened the same day it was stolen.

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