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Man has motorized wheelchair stolen from porch

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TUCSON- A man with advanced COPD had his electric wheelchair and oxygen tanks stolen from his home.

Randel Stender, 48, has been in a wheelchair for five years.

“When I walk it hurts my lungs really, really bad,” he said. “My hips are also slanted so I get a lot of back pain, pinched nerve, my leg goes numb. So, I have to have a wheelchair just to get around.”

Sunday, he and his wife Tyna moved into a home near Speedway and Alvernon.

The home has steps leading to the front door, but does not have a wheelchair ramp. Stender said a friend of the property manager plans to build them a ramp. Until then, the couple planned to lock the electric chair on the porch.

The first night in their new home, they locked the chair outside.

Overnight, the chair, including the three oxygen tanks stored on it, was stolen.

Tyna Stender said she walked outside Monday morning to realize the porch had been ransacked.

“Everything was a mess. I came out screaming, ‘Randy the chair is gone!’”

The Stenders filed a police report.

The Tucson Police Department asks anyone with information to call 88-CRIME. Callers may remain anonymous.

Stender hopes the thieves will return his chair.

“I really, really need it so I can get to my doctor's appointments, to help me stay alive basically,” he said. 

He said the wheelchair is a Pronto M-11 and costs about $3,500.

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