Van used to transport wheelchair stolen from Calgary parking lot

The owner of this van, in an undated photo, used to transport a wheelchair would like to have it back after it was stolen in broad daylight. Global News

A Calgary mother and her adult son are hoping the public can keep an eye out for their stolen white Kia Sedona van, swiped on Wednesday from a Calgary parking lot in the 3500 block of 32 Avenue Northeast.

“I put some groceries in it and then walked across the street to the bank. (I) come back and the van is gone,” said Elizabeth Wiebe.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I’m walking back and forth – I checked the whole parking lot, it’s not there,” she said.  “Your heart sinks, ‘what do I do now?'”

The van, which has 72,000 kilometers on it, is the vehicle that has allowed her son Nolan to pursue his goals. Most of the miles have been put on by driving Nolan back and forth to the rink where he plays sledge hockey or to the start of his favorite pathway that he bikes on in the summer months.

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“It’s basically my life, without that (van) I can’t get out as much as I’d like to,” said Nolan Wiebe who was born with spina bifida.

“In the winter time it’s sledge hockey but in the summer it’s all about hand cycling,” said Nolan. “It feels like I don’t even have a disability and I love it.”44

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The van is also used to get to doctor’s appointments.

Despite it being 21- years old, Elizabeth said the van is in pristine condition. It was due to have a fuse checked because the headlights aren’t working and it has no back seats.

There was more than $200 worth of groceries inside.

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While the theft is disappointing, the Wiebes are just pleading to get their van back so Nolan can get back on the road.

“Come on guys, have a heart. I want the van back, without that my life is nothing,” said Nolan.

Police are investigating. They ask anyone who may see the van to call the non-emergency line. The van’s original license plate is CUG 363.

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