Calgary, AB,

Police recover stolen wheelchair worth $10,000

The Calgary Police Service has recovered an electric wheelchair that was stolen from an elderly woman late in 2017, after officers spotted it while investigating an unrelated crime.

Sometime between Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, and the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, someone broke into a detached garage, located in the 1500 block of Mardale Way N.E. Once inside, they stole a black Invacare TDX-SP electric wheelchair, worth almost $10,000.

Police have been trying to locate the wheelchair since and even asked for the public’s help last October.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, Patrol officers from District 3 recognized a stolen vehicle driving on 14 Street N.W., near the intersection of 64 Avenue N.W. Officers followed the vehicle with assistance from HAWCS until the vehicle stopped at a residence in the 4300 block of 38 Street N.E.

A man and woman got out of the vehicle and entered the residence.

Officers later entered the residence and took the two suspects into custody without incident. While inside, they noticed an electric wheelchair that seemed out-of-place and checked the serial number to find out who owned it.

The wheelchair was the one stolen in the October break and enter incident. It was returned to its rightful owner on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

Chase Arthur NEAULT, 29, of Calgary has been charged in relation to the stolen vehicle with two counts of breaching a court condition and one count each of possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance.

The second suspect was released without charges and the investigation into both the stolen wheelchair and stolen vehicle are ongoing.

Anyone with information on the theft of the wheelchair or the stolen vehicle is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

Case #17449479/3758 (Break and Enter)
Case #18045198/4516 (Stolen Vehicle)