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."