Thieves steal special van from disabled teen

(Photo: KYW/CNN)
(Photo: KYW/CNN)

PHILADELPHIA (KYW/CNN) - A Pennsylvania family is hoping thieves will return a specially equipped van meant for their disabled son. The van was stolen from their driveway.

Dave Schilling always taught his boys to stay strong, so it's not often this father of four gets emotional. That is until he talks about his 13-year-old son, David.

David was born with cerebral palsy. He relies on his wheelchair to get around, but he doesn't let that minor detail get in his way. He even participates in sports with his twin brother, Dylan.

"David's his power. So David comes out to every event to provide him and support him in every which way," Schilling said.

The minivan they bought to take David around was stolen right from their driveway. The van was equipped with a power wheel chair lift.

"Previously, I had a manual lift that was just very inconvenient for us as a family for when I'm not around," Schilling said. "My wife said there's no way I can pick that up so we needed the power lift gate."

Schilling calls the stolen van priceless, and prays it will be returned.

"It's not the best looking appearance-wise van, but dollars and cents, it's very valuable for me, but not just for me, for my son, David," he said.

Schilling's boss with Citizens Public Adjusters is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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