UPDATE: Missing wheelchair lift has been found! And it turns out it WASN'T STOLEN, after all. It was a mistaken assumption.
Police say the lift has been found. It fell off the back of the vet's SUV in Rock Island. Someone found It on the side of the road and, according to police, was going to scrap it. When the person saw news coverage of the missing lift, the person called Crime Stoppers.
The missing wheelchair lift has been returned to the veteran's home in Moline. Later, Detective Williams issued a news release that offered a few more details."The wheel chair lift believed to have been stolen from a Moline man has been recovered in Rock Island. Numerous Crime Stoppers tips led Rock Island Police to the location of the lift. It appears the lift separated from the vehicle sometime Saturday night while the vehicle was in the area of 7th Avenue and 17th Street Rock Island. It was not stolen from the vehicle as originally believed.
The media coverage of this incident is the sole reason we received the number of Crime Stoppers tips we did. The numerous offers from so many to purchase a new lift and the many people who wanted to donate lifts from family members who had passed was touching and help to reaffirm the faith we have in the citizens we serve."
Original story from yesterday below....
Crimestoppers is asking for help from the community to identify the person or persons who took a wheelchair lift from a Moline military veteran sometime this weekend between 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1st and 4 a.m. Sunday, April 2nd.
The incident happened in the 2900 block of 11th Avenue.
According to officials, the chair lift was stolen from the back of a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer backed into a driveway. The lift was bolted the the SUV's hitch and the unit as a whole was not visible from the street.
There is a large reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible.
Call the tip line: 309-762-9500.