Family says disabled woman's van stolen out of driveway

by: Diana Davis Updated:

On Sunday night, sometime between 7 and 9 p.m., the van was stolen out of the family's Decatur driveway.

DECATUR, Ga. - The specially equipped van of a disabled DeKalb County woman was stolen out of her Decatur driveway Sunday night.

Now the woman who's in a wheelchair has no idea how she'll get around.

Alicia Day told Channel 2's Diana Davis she hopes someone will spot the van.

Despite her disability, 24-year-old Day prides herself on trying to be independent, working part time as a greeter at Home Depot.

Day's mother drives her to work and doctor appointments in the specially equipped van.

On Sunday night, sometime between 7 and 9 p.m., the van was stolen out of the family's Decatur driveway.

The van is the only way Day has to get around.

"That van is my whole life, you could say. That's how important that van is to me," Day told Davis.

"How cruel can you be to do something like that?" her mother, Hannelore Day, said.

The van is a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country. It has DeKalb County handicapped plates with license No. DP0229.

Though it is insured, the family doesn't think it'll get much due to its age and mileage.

The lift alone cost $18,000. Alicia Day's parents are both on Social Security with not much money to spare.

"It's really a hardship if we would have to buy a brand new van. I don't know if they realized it was a handicapped van inside, converted, or did they just steal it to have a van?" Hannelore Day said.

Either way, the family said the theft is an added that Aicia Day, whose already had a lifetime of hardships, did not need.

"That's the only transportation that I have to get go places to get around," Alicia Day.

If you have any information on the van or recognize it out on the street, investigators as that you call DeKalb County police at 678-937-2852.

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