A quadriplegic awoke to find his wheelchair had been stolen while he slept in car along highway.

The Nebraska State Patrol is asking citizens for help in finding a wheelchair stolen from its owner as he traveled through Nebraska.

A 29-year old Minnesota man called the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday, March 26 to report that his wheelchair had been stolen from outside his parked vehicle. The man, who is a quadriplegic, was traveling with two friends from Colorado to Minnesota on March 21.  They parked to rest overnight on a frontage road just south of the Interstate 80, Alda Exit in Hall County.  The wheelchair was placed outside of the car to allow for the seat to recline. On the morning of March 22, when they went to get the chair, it was gone.

The wheelchair, a TiLite brand, black, custom Aero Z model with spingergy rims, is valued at $5,000.

“We’re hoping someone can help us return this chair to its owner,” said Lt. Dennis Leonard, Troop C-Grand Island.  “If anyone has heard anything or has perhaps seen an online ad matching the description of the stolen chair, we ask that they give us a call.”

Anyone with information that could help in the recovery of the stolen wheelchair is asked to contact the Troop C –Grand Island Headquarters at 308-385-6000.