Police in Alabama are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who they say was caught stealing a child’s wheelchair and custom-made walker that he later sold for scrap.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday they were looking for Tony Whitehead for stealing the child’s items from his front porch. At the time, they said the theft has “placed a burden on the family,” according to a press release obtained by AL.com.
Whitehead is accused of selling the items—which would cost the family $500 to replace—for $30 at a scrapyard.
Meanwhile, Andy Correa, 10, was unable to attend school and get around. That is, until a local couple learned of the incident through a television broadcast and gave their unused wheelchair to the family.
“When we saw this story Friday night we knew that’s why we held on to that wheelchair. Some things are just meant to happen that are out of our control, and this is one of those things,” Michael Hopkins told Tuscaloosa News.
The outlet reported that the gifted wheelchair was initially for Hopkins’ mother for when she got out of the hospital. Hopkins’ mother died in the hospital, leading the tiny wheelchair to sit untouched in their garage for three years.
Despite the happy ending, police are still working to locate Whitehead—a convicted felon who they said has been jailed 30 times since 1995 and has numerous convictions. WBMA reported that he was last seen driving a green 1996 Dodge Caravan with license plate 63BS7568.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 205-464-8672.
The suspect in the photo is wanted for theft of a child’s wheelchair and walker from the porch of the child’s home. Tony…
[Featured image: Tony Whitehead/Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (2)]