Family immobilized when handicapped van stolen

Thieves steal van right outside front door


Brenda Benavidez provides 24-hour care and supervision for her daughter Alicia.

Alicia, 19, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She's in a wheelchair and needs a wheelchair-accessible van to get around.

The family's van was stolen early Saturday morning just feet from the family's front door.

"This isn't my van that they stole, this is her van that they stole. They stole her freedom, they stole her legs," said Benavidez.

According to Benavidez, the 1999 Dodge van is worth about $85,000 and is maroon and tan in color.

"At first I cried a lot, but now I'm just angry. I'm angry that somebody would do something like that to a helpless person," Benavidez said.

Benavidez has tried explaining the theft to to Alicia. Benavidez fears without the van the trips to the park and beach will no longer be possible.

"I tried to explain it to her. Alicia understands a lot of things. She understands being happy and sad. She laughs at funny things, but the concept of someone stealing something from her, she doesn't grasp it," Benavidez said.

The San Antonio Police Department is investigating the theft.

If you have any information on the stolen van you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7867.

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