Brooklyn Woman With Cerebral Palsy Has Stolen Wheelchair Returned Thanks to Eagle-Eyed Former Cop - NBC New York

Brooklyn Woman With Cerebral Palsy Has Stolen Wheelchair Returned Thanks to Eagle-Eyed Former Cop

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    Wheelchair of Woman With Cerebral Palsy Found

    Ji-Eun Kim has had her freedom restored after an eagle-eyed former cop spotted her stolen wheelchair dumped in an unusual spot. George Spencer reports.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Ji-Eun Kim says her motorized wheelchair was stolen from outside her pastor's home in Brooklyn on Saturday

    • She had to use a non-motorized wheelchair and have someone else push her around

    • A neighbor and former-police officer has since found the wheelchair, dumped several blocks from her home

    Ji-Eun Kim has had her freedom restored after an eagle-eyed former cop spotted her stolen wheelchair dumped in an unusual spot. 

    The wheelchair was stolen from outside her pastor's home in Brooklyn Saturday night. But less than 48-hours after the theft, she has it back thanks to neighbor Charlie Barbiero, who noticed the wheelchair dumped in the bushes about two blocks away. 

     “Yesterday, I saw it there, but I thought it was somebody in the store’s," he said. But after word spread about the missing wheelchair, Barbiero put two-and-two together and got the chair back to its rightful owner.

    The $8,000 motorized chair was Kim's independence because she has Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that limits her mobility. She originally reported to police that someone took it from the home near Bragg Street and Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay.

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    Ji-Eun Kim says her motorized wheelchair is her freedom due to limited mobility with cerebral palsy. But that chair was stolen from outside her pastor's home in Sheepshead Bay.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    The last 48 hours had been a struggle for Kim, who was forced to use a hand-push chair which required someone to help her. Having the motorized version back gives her full freedom. 

    She was delighted to have the chair back, and thanked Barbiero with a tearful burst of gratitude and a hug. 

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