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Warrant served on man in wheelchair theft

January 12, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

HAGERSTOWN ? A man accused of stealing a wheelchair in December from the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Garland Groh Boulevard was served a warrant Friday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, was charged with one count of felony theft, according to court documents.

It was unclear Saturday whether Huntzberry turned himself in or was arrested.

Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, left his wheelchair near the Wal-Mart entrance on Dec. 14 while he did some shopping in one of the store's motorized carts.

Surveillance video from the store shows a young man walking over to the wheelchair a short time later. The man sat in the chair, did some "wheelies" and wheeled himself out of the store, according to court documents.

Police recovered the wheelchair on Dec. 19 in front of Concordia Lutheran Church near Oak Ridge Drive.

According to court documents, a man named Matthew Young, who was with Huntzberry at the time of the theft, said he and Huntzberry "felt bad" about the theft after hearing on the news that the wheelchair belonged to Faison, who has spastic paraplegia. The $3,000 chair was specially built for Faison to help keep his disability from getting worse.

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Young said he and Huntzberry dropped the wheelchair off at the church, then called police to tell them where the chair could be found, according to court documents.

Huntzberry is scheduled to go to trial March 12 in Washington County District Court.

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