Callous thieves steal from disabled

The stolen modified car.
The stolen modified car.

Directions Family Support Agency’s four-year-old VW Caddy, with a lift on the back, was stolen from a rural driveway in Forrestfield between Thursday, March 7 at 3pm and Friday, March 8 at 9am.

Maddington resident Matthew Palmer, who uses a wheelchair, relies on the vehicle service every weekday to go to music and other educational and physical programs. The day the Caddy disappeared, Mr Palmer had to go without his routine session with a walker in a Champion Lakes recreation room, which he can access only once a week.

Directions chief executive Lynne Darby said the car cost between $35,000 and $40,000 with its modifications, which took about 12 weeks to fit.

The centre is paying for a hired modified vehicle, at about $80 a day, while it tries to organise insurance and a replacement vehicle.

‘As you can imagine, this has caused a lot of stress,’ she said. ‘It’s really frustrating, both the impost on us and our clients, and the fact that people would steal a modified vehicle. They just don’t care.’

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information that may lead to recovery of the light metallic green Caddy, with registration 1 DET 717.