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Wheelchair Stolen from Vet in Holbrook

If you see or hear anything, call SCPD at 631-852-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Update 3: Sachem Patch spoke with Chris Levi's sister Emily on Friday. She said he is in a temporary wheelchair that the VA hospital gave him.

"My family is good and we're all just really annoyed that someone could sink so low and actually take a veteran's wheelchair," she said.

According to Levi, she said her brother leaves his wheelchair by the passenger side of his car and crawls into the drivers seat when he goes to get gas. It's a full service station near the house, and he doesn't need to get out of the car. He is able to drive with a hand control.

"He locks the wheelchair and leaves it at the curb," she said, "and when he came back from the gas station the wheelchair was gone, and he had to crawl into our house."

According to Suffolk Police, the wheelchair was described as blue with a large embroidered Purple Heart, a United States Army seal and military stickers.

There is a link on YouCaring.com to take donations for a new wheelchair for Chris. Click here to see the link.

Update 2: On Friday morning, Suffolk County Police sent out a release asking the public's help in supplying any information about the stolen wheelchair.

Fifth Precinct Police Officers responded to Mollie Boulevard in Holbrook on January 18 when a resident of the home reported that Christopher Levi’s wheelchair was missing from outside the home sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The wheelchair was described as blue with a large embroidered Purple Heart, a United States Army seal and military stickers.

The investigation is continuing by Fifth Squad detectives. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Fifth Squad at 631-852-8552 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Update 1: Sachem Patch has learned that the vet who had his wheelchair stolen is Christopher Levi, a former U.S. Army Ranger, who was injured when his Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device in Iraq during his time of service to America.

According to one person familiar with the situation, Levi received a loaner wheelchair from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Original: A Facebook repost message has been floating around the digital Sachem community Thursday about a wheelchair stolen from a U.S. veteran in Holbrook.

"Someone stole my best friends brother's wheelchair from in front of his house last night on Mollie Blvd in Holbrook," the post reads.

According to the post, the veteran lost both of his legs fighting in Iraq in 2008 and needs his wheelchair.

"I'm asking everyone in Holbrook and the surrounding area to keep an eye out for it and to report it to the police immediately," the post reads. "On the back of the black wheelchair chair is a large patch with a purple heart on it that says wounded in combat.

"Please repost this and help us find the people who did this. This is unacceptable behavior and his family will not stop until the persons responsible are found and punished."

Chris R. Vaccaro January 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Someone just emailed me about this, but I accidentally deleted the email, which originally went into my spam folder ... if you are that person, can you resend the email!! Thanks!
Heather January 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Hi Chris, that was me! Just resent our thread, hope someone can find the wheelchair!
Maureen DiGiulio January 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM
What the hell is wrong with people!! I hope they catch the SOB
Nancy K. Nee January 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Some people are just so low and despicable..What goes around comes around! Sorry Chris, that someone doesn't get what you sacrificed for our country! You are a true hero in the eyes of myself and so many, don't let this disgusting act take anything away from you~ Best always...Nancy
Gretchen Jareck January 20, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Isn't there a way the Sachem community can start a fundraiser for a new chair? Do we know if it has been returned yet or not?
Lori Guidi January 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I know the father of this fallen hero personally and Eric I am so sorry. These idiots who stole this wheelchair should experience the dedication, hard work and life lessons taught in the military. Maybe that would straighten them out. I hope the chair is recovered quickly. My prayers are, as always with you Chris, and your family .If you haven't heard it enough I thank you for your service. Raymond Mascolo is a very well known humanitarian and friend ( also our dentist) who fundraises for veterans. I am sure he would help you out. Let me know if I can do anything to help. Sincerely Lori Guidi
John Dnyprowsky January 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I would like to donate to help hiim get a new wheelchair if it is not recovered.
cindy currie January 20, 2012 at 06:25 PM
my friend would like to buy him a new one, is there a way we can hook it up
Tony Costa January 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
If they are taking donations someone please e-mail me the info @hazwopper@aol.com
Holbrook Resident January 20, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I am surprised it took this long for the wheelchair to disappear. Day after day, night after night when I left my home on Mollie Blvd Chris' wheelchair would be at the curb where he parked his car, not in the driveway where his car is parked today for all the media attention. Mollie is 1 of 3 through streets between Broadway and Grundy Aves. If you leave something of value unprotected you are tempting fate. Guess what, they rolled the dice and this time they lost. Eric and Debbie Levi need to please file an insurance claim. This isn't the indignant tragedy you are portraying this as; it is a theft out of stupidity. The community renovated their home and gave Chris a new car when he came home. They need to do the right thing and stop playing the veteran card, it makes them look selfish and greedy. I would rather hear about the Kirkpatrick family at 522 Mollie Boulevard whose house burned down 2 days ago where an entire family was displaced.
Chris R. Vaccaro January 21, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I normally don't interject on the comment threads, but ... "Playing the veteran card?" Chris, while serving this great nation to fight for our freedom, lost both of his legs. Anyone who endures that tragedy and lives to tell the story of their devotion to the United States earns their "veteran card" and our enduring support as members of the same community, no matter the circumstance.
Lorraine Kilkenny January 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I am very upset that the wheelchair was stolen. As the mother of an Army Reservist who did 4 years in the regular Army, I think Chris deserves the support of our community. Shouldn't we be able to help both the Levy and Kirkpatrick families? Our country is free because we are protected by a great Military. Instead of negatives lets try to make an effort to help.
Michele January 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I am truly disappointed in what Holbrook resident had to say! I live on Mollie Blvd and am disgusted. How can you say playing the veteran card. This man risked his life for us and paid the price with his life never being the same. What happened to the Kirpatrick family is horrible but to compare the two is ridiculous!
Holbrook Resident January 24, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Okay, for those who need it spelled out: bad that Chris' wheelchair was stolen, but to deny any responsibility for the theft, for thinking that no one will take a wheelchair that is left inches from a busy through street day after day is woefully naive. Playing the veteran card is aimed at Chris' parents; we have turned into a spotlight-seeking, look-at-me society. Thanks to the internet we can have this immediate dialogue and this is my opinion. I am sad that a young man came back from war maimed but that is the price of our freedom. My father, grandfather, uncles, cousins and friends have been to war and back some sustaining the psychological damages of war. I pledged 7 years my life to protect this country from enemies both foreign and domestic in the USAF Reserves when most of my generation was still decrying Vietnam and war in general. Had my Squadron been activated and I returned home maimed or injured I can safely say my parents would have been proud of their daughter and not made me the center of a media circus.
Yvonne McCarthy January 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Hey Chris its Mike McCarthy dad Jim as of about 3pm 1/26/12 I found the Vets chair on the side of the road in the woods. I contacted the fifth precent and turned the chair over to the Detective.
Chris R. Vaccaro January 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Wow, small world! That's great to hear you found it and it's back to Chris! I'm going to post a story right now about it.
judy January 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ok to the holbrook resident regarding the comment"playing the veteran card"was a little out of line...I lived on mollie blvd a few years back and yes its a thru street very busy and like in any neighborhood,any thing left out is a TAKE ME to the rotten low life theives,that get a laugh out of something like.."lets take a ride on the wheel chair"God Bless chris and all that have served our country!! I do believe everyone should help that poor family that lost their home due to a fire!! everyone needs to come together and be good citizens!!
judy January 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM


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