GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) — A Gloucester man reached out to 10 On Your Side for help in finding his missing wheelchair.
It was inside of his handicap-accessible van, which was stolen out of a parking lot. Police found the van, but the wheelchair is still missing, and without it, he’s stuck.
It’s not easy for Leo Sulik to get around. Without his wheelchair, it’s even harder.
“I just don’t know what else to do,” he said. “My fears are that something’s happened to it.”
Sulik’s wheelchair hooks into his van, which was specially designed for him. Last week, he dropped the van off at the Mobility Supercenter in Norfolk for some repairs. When he went to pick it up, it was gone, along with his wheelchair and oxygen tanks.
“It has a lot of sentimental value as well, plus I had been in that chair for years,” Sulik said. “It was like an old shoe, it’s just like driving an old car and then getting a new one. You just don’t feel comfortable.”
Not only is it expensive to replace — a new one would cost roughly $6,000 — it’s significantly impacted his ability to get around.
“This is one of the places, the park here, that me and my daughter would go frequently because it was out, it was like in the country, you go see the animals and fish and its soothing. I can’t do that anymore. and a lot of places I’d go to, I can’t,” Sulik said.
His insurance won’t cover the cost of a new one. He’s offering a $300 reward for the wheelchair.
“Please return my chair and let me go on with my life,” Sulik said. “To take a wheelchair from a terminally ill senior citizen that this is his livelihood of getting around and I can’t do that anymore.”
Norfolk police say no one has been arrested in this case. Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you know anything that could help.
You can also contact Sulik at 757-818-8692 or 757-814-1370.