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Police seek man charged in Hagerstown wheelchair theft

January 11, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown police were looking for the man charged in the Dec. 14 theft of a wheelchair from the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard, Sgt. Paul Kifer said Thursday.

John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, was charged with felony theft, Kifer said in a telephone interview.

Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, left his wheelchair with the store's greeter while he used a motorized cart to do some shopping that day.

When he returned to find his chair missing, Faison, who has spastic paraplegia, was left wondering how he would get home or to his job as a stocker at a convenience store, or how he would afford to replace the $3,000 chair that was custom-built to keep his disability from getting any worse.

Wal-Mart surveillance video shows a young man walk over to the wheelchair, get in and wheel himself out of the store.

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The wheelchair was recovered Dec. 19 and returned to Faison, police said. Kifer said someone found it in a grassy area outside Concordia Lutheran Church, near Oak Ridge Drive.

Police were asking Huntzberry to come in and talk to them, Kifer said.

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