A Genesee-area cancer patient’s family, hit by a car theft last Mother’s Day (here’s the WSB story from last year), says it’s happened again – this time early Valentine’s Day – and this time, the car had a packed trailer attached, so they are missing a lot more than just a vehicle. It’s a gray 1991 Subaru Legacy Wagon, with DP plates, 02112, and a 4×8 utility trailer with Arizona plates. (Police have already sent it out on their Twitter feed for stolen-vehicle reports – here’s the tweet.) Their firsthand story after the jump:
Car & Trailer Stolen from Cancer Patient, Again
Vehicle: 1991 Subaru Legacy Wagon, gray, License WA 02112 Disability
Trailer: 4×8 utility, Arizona plates
It was Mother’s Day and now Valentine’s Day. My wife is disabled and I’m a stage-4 brain cancer survivor but that didn’t stop somebody from steeling our car for the second time in less than a year. This time is different. After providing end-of-life care for my dying mother, my family was taking a nap preparing for our last trip back to Tucson, Arizona. All of our stuff was packed in our Subaru and ready to go then after a few hours, we found the car had been stolen. But it wasn’t just our car, it was a utility trailer full of our stuff: laptops; documents; tools; chemotherapy and heart medication, a balance for weighting special food, my grandfather’s priceless family heirlooms, kitchenware; clothes; and dog food, dishes & beds. They even stole my white cane.
The last time they stole the family car, I thought maybe the guy was really desperate and, regardless of the presence of disability plates, he didn’t realize that the family who owned also had troubles. Now I find it difficult to believe that guy is not a sociopath. He doesn’t have the courage to face a visually disabled person to rob him, so instead he lurks in the shadows and waits until we fall asleep. Maybe he’s just full of hate for the disabled. Maybe he’s just full of hate for himself. I don’t know but we’d all be better off with this guy off the streets.
As soon as we found the car was missing, I hit the streets crisscrossing from the Admiral District to Genesee but walking about 10 miles after midnight in the rain with brain cancer didn’t locate our belongings. I have an appointment in Tucson for chemotherapy and no longer even have a second set of clothes much less a car. I’ve never been big at asking for help, but I’m asking now. Please help find our stuff and, in so doing, take this creep off the street. Watch for it on the streets and report it immediately to the police if you find it. If he will steal from me, he will steal from you.