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Wheelchair Theft in Farmington May Lead to Charges

The following information was supplied by the Farmington Public Safety Department. Arrests and charges do not indicate a conviction.

A Farmington man may face charges after admitting to police that he took a $2,500 wheelchair from an enclosed garage at Chatham Hills Apartments April 1 and tossed it into a Dumpster. 

According to the Farmington Public Safety weekly report, friends of a 20-year-old man who has no legs brought him into the station on Liberty Street at around 2 p.m. to report the theft. The man left his wheelchair in the garage while visiting with friends in the apartment building. 

The report indicated that when friends learned the wheelchair had been dumped, they went to retrieve it and found the waste container had just been emptied. When asked why he did it, the man who dumped the wheelchair told police simply, "it was poor judgment”. 

The man who owned the wheelchair told police he had waited a year to get it. Community Ambulance provided him with an older wheelchair until he can replace the one that was stolen, according to the report. 

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