Wheelchair Thief Leaves Sparks Woman Housebound & At Risk


RENO, NV - Betty Kidwell lives alone in a small house near Sparks High.

With a list of complications from arthritis and diabetes, she needs a walker even to get around inside her home.

Without her motorized wheel chair she can't get beyond her front door.

"It was my life." says Kidwell. "Being diabetic (without it), if I had a low blood sugar reaction I couldn't even get to the store to get something sweet to bring my blood sugar back up."

But last Wednesday night, that last link to the world outside vanished.

She says she'd just returned from shopping and had left the front door open for her cats while she changed clothes in a back room.

"I came out of the bathroom into the hall way to see if the cats had come in and the chair was gone."

The missing wheelchair is a Quantum Jazzy 1420, not an easy item for a thief to unload, one would imagine, but one without which she will find it hard to live.

"If there was a fire or something I probably couldn't get past the porch out here.

"I sit right here. I can't go to the doctor. I can't go to the store. I can't pick up my medicine. I'm literally house bound now."

Sparks Police report no leads in the case. If you have any information that may help their investigation, you're urged to call them or Secret Witness at 322-4900.


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