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UPDATE: wheelchair stolen from man with Cerebral Palsy found and returned

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 19:10:38-04

On Saturday, a power wheelchair was stolen from 27-year-old Long Island native, Vinny Pinello, by two teenagers. Pinello suffers from Cerebral palsy and needed the wheelchair as it is essential to his daily life.

A neighbor of the Pinello family saw the wheelchair and moved it into his garage. He then turned it over to Nassau police, who then returned it back to Vinny.

The wheelchair is worth $17,000 and travels up to 30 mph.

Pinello’s mother left the chair in the family home in Flower Hill which is currently being renovated to make it more accessible for her son.

The two teens snuck into the Pinello home and stole the wheelchair. They then continued to drive it around the neighborhood and boast about their findings on Facebook.

Police arrested the two teens and returned to the location where the wheelchair was said to be left after it died. However, the wheelchair was not immediately found.