California man Richard Young was on his way home when he suffered a seizure and had his $10,000 motorized wheelchair stolen by a passerby.
Young told authorities that a man who called himself “Joe,” later identified as Joseph Marshall, called 911, then allegedly offered to take care of the wheelchair while Young was at the hospital.
“When I went into the ambulance, he took it away from the sidewalk,” Young, who has cerebral palsy, said.
Marshall insisted that he lived nearby and would return the chair later. However, when Young was released, Marshall was nowhere to be found.
On Wednesday, police went public with the crime and received a tip from a Chula Vista resident who saw the chair for sale on Craigslist.
Investigators pretended to be normal citizens interested in the chair and set up a meeting with the seller, who said he had posted the ad for a friend named Joseph Marshall. Marshall was called to the meeting and arrived in the stolen chair.
Marshall was then arrested on suspicion of stealing the chair and also found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
Young has now been reunited with the motorized chair.