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Thief steals disabled boy’s wheelchair in Lawrence

When Lawrence resident Heecliff De La Rosa carried his disabled son downstairs Tuesday morning, he couldn’t find the boy’s wheelchair where he had left it, by the side of his home.

He called his wife, Meilene Velazquez, who was at work. They searched for the wheelchair. But by the end of the day, the pair couldn’t find the device used by 8-year-old Isiah De La Rosa, who has cerebral palsy. Velazquez reported the missing wheelchair to Lawrence police, officials said.

Detectives for the department have canvassed the area, checking parks and knocking on doors, Lawrence Police Chief John Romero said.

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“At this point, we don’t have a lot to go on,’’ he said. “It really is a heartless crime and this family needs this chair.’’

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