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Police locate Memphis teen’s wheelchair stolen in van

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 2:04 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The mother of a Memphis teen whose wheelchair was inside their van at the time it was stolen from their driveway says police found the wheelchair.

Christen Hulgan, the mother of 17-year-old Annabelle Hulgan, says her van was stolen from her driveway Wednesday after she started the vehicle and went inside to carry her daughter to the car.

Annabelle’s custom-made $8,000 wheelchair was inside the vehicle when police say a juvenile drove away from the Cordova home.

The van turned up at an impound lot in Frayser around 1 a.m. Thursday but the chair was nowhere to be found breaking Annabelle’s heart.

Now, the chair has been located and delivered to the family. The chair reportedly is a little dirty but still usable.

”When they called me, I started screaming,” said Hulgan.

“I was just shocked,” Annabelle said.

“I ran out here to them and started squealing and jumping up and down. Then, I started crying,” Hulgan said.

Then they started crying,” Annabelle added.

“And then they started getting teary and said, ‘oh my gosh, this is the best thing ever. ‘We’re really happy to do something really good,’” explained Annabelle’s mother.

Officer Hall and Officer Rodgers made the special delivery. They’re from the Austin Peay precinct where fallen officer Darrell Adams worked.

Annabelle’s smile is a much-needed dose of happy for these hometown heroes. This makes twice that Annabelle’s custom wheelchair has been stolen in Memphis.

”Memphis obviously came through again, out looking, and we appreciate whoever that was who called in,” Hulgan said. “Memphians looking out for Memphians. We are just overjoyed. I mean, completely, completely overjoyed! We’ve had so much love and concern sent our way. And we could not be more grateful.”

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