Leonia NJ Police Arrest Palisades Park Man Who Allegedly Stole Wheelchair from Disabled Teen
Police in Leonia New Jersey recently apprehended a Palisades Park NJ man who allegedly stole a wheelchair from a sick boy.
The deplorable incident reportedly occurred around 3:35 p.m. According to Bergen County officials, the suspect committed the theft crime outside the home of the teen victim. The teenager, a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, resides in a house located on the 200 block of Broad Avenue in Palisades Park, NJ. The residence is just a few blocks away from the border connecting Palisades Park to Leonia, New Jersey.
Leonia NJ police investigated the theft offense and alerted police officers who were out on patrol. Leonia investigators were also able to obtain surveillance video of the theft as it was being committed.
A Leonia patrol officer later noticed the headrest for the stolen wheelchair outside a home located on 511 Orchard Avenue in Palisades Park, NJ. The Leonia NJ cop took a closer look and was soon greeted by the suspect. Shortly after the suspect emerged from the house, he was placed under arrest.
The suspect, an 18-year-old man who lives in Palisades Park NJ, faces several criminal charges, including theft of movable property and unlawful taking of a means of conveyance.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $25,000 bail amount.
Meanwhile, Leonia police returned the wheelchair to the victim. The stolen wheelchair reportedly costs as much as $12,000 to replace.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Arrested in Theft of Wheelchair from Teen with Cerebral Palsy.”