New York teens busted after electric wheelchair joyride pics end up on Facebook

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:23 EDT
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Two New York teens were arrested this week after investigators discovered photos of them on Facebook taking a stolen electric wheelchair for a joyride.

The 14-year-olds allegedly broke into a home in Flower Hill that was still under construction, being retrofitted to accommodate the owner of the stolen Quantum 600 Power Base wheelchair.

Police said the boys made off with the chair around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, riding it around the neighborhood until the battery power ran out. The chair, worth over $17,000, has not yet been recovered.

Nassau County Police told The Associated Press that the boys face charges of third-degree burglary and grand larceny. Their names were not released due to their status as minors.

This video is from WPIX-TV, aired Tuesday, June 11, 2013.


[Photo: A handicap logo. Flickr user Sean McGrath, creative commons licensed.]

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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