Leonia NJ police recently captured a Palisades Park New Jersey man who allegedly committed a deplorable theft crime by stealing a wheelchair from an ill boy.
The suspect reportedly stole the wheelchair around 3:35 p.m. outside the place where the teenage victim lives. The victim is a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy and who resides in a home on the 200 block of Broad Avenue in Palisades Park, NJ.
After the theft, the victim’s parents dialed 911 and alerted the Leonia Police Department. Police officers were able to get description of the suspect after obtaining surveillance video footage that showed the theft being committed.
Not long after the investigation started, a patrol cop saw the wheelchair’s headrest outside an Orchard Avenue residence in Palisades Park, New Jersey. The Leonia police officer inspected the scene and was shocked when the suspect emerged from the home. The suspect was subsequently questioned by the Leonia cop and then arrested.
The suspect is an 18-year-old male from Palisades Park NJ. He has been charged with multiple theft crimes, including theft of movable property and unlawful taking of a means of conveyance.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was ordered held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack in lieu of $25,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested in Theft of Wheelchair from Teen with Cerebral Palsy.”