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Special stroller for child with cerebral palsy stolen along with family's SUV in Willoughby Hills

Posted at 5:22 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 12:49:26-04

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — A specialized stroller belonging to the daughter of a Willoughby Hills couple was stolen along with the vehicle it was in right in front of the family’s front yard this past weekend.

According to a Willoughby Hills police report, the theft happened between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

At around 8 p.m. Saturday, the Pritt family left their 2011 Chevrolet Traverse parked on the lawn next to the driveway with keys in the ignition, the report stated.

Sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. Sunday, the Pritt's dog started barking, which according to the report, is out of character. Around 7:30 a.m. the family noticed the car was missing.

In addition to the wheelchair, the car had four child car seats in it as well as a wallet belonging to one of the family members.

The report states that there weren’t any security cameras nearby. Surrounding neighbors told police that they didn’t notice anything overnight, according to the report.

The Pritt's have an electric wheelchair that their daughter Willow uses, but since their vehicle isn't wheelchair accessible, the child uses a specialized stroller while the family is out and about. The stroller, which was loaned to the family by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, isn't covered by insurance and expensive to replace.

"To some its just a stroller, but for us its a way for us all to be able to go places as a family," Jenna Pritt said.

According to the family’s Facebook post, the SUV’s license plate number is HRR7269. They ask that anyone who sees the vehicle to contact Willoughby Hills police. The SUV has a broken rain guard on the driver’s side door.

"I feel guilty for forgetting to lock up the car, but most of all I feel bad for Willow because she won't be able to go anywhere until we can save enough money for another chair."

CLICK HERE to visit the GoFundMe page that has been set up to help the family purchase a new specialized stroller.

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