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OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island woman parked her van in her driveway Monday, but when she woke up Tuesday morning, it was gone.

It’s understandable why anyone would be upset after their car is stolen, but this story has a different twist to it. This van was a specially converted van made for Olivia Jones’s daughter, who is disabled.

Without the van, Jones cannot take her daughter to doctors appointments. Jones is at a loss for words when it comes to understanding why someone would want to steal a van equipped for a handicapped person. Her daughter Elizabeth is 23 years old, but has the brain functions of a three-year-old.

The family’s van stolen Monday night was the only way Jones could take Elizabeth around town and more importantly to the doctor. Mom says she just wants her van back.

“We had to cancel an appointment,” she said. “It’s the only way to get her to the doctors.”

Jones said she’s cancelled all of Elizabeth’s appointments, because she has no way to get her to them.

Jones filed a report with Oak Island Police yesterday. She asks if anyone sees a burgundy Toyota van (like the one pictured) with license plate HD72374 to call police. She does not want to press charges. She simply wants Elizabeth’s van back.

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5 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Oak Island mom wants handicapped daughter’s van back"

2015 years 10 months ago

That’s a silly question… cars are stolen all the time. Are you insinuating that all thieves have keys? It takes a very callous and cruel person to steal a handicapped person’s vehicle. Have you ever priced the types of modifications that must be done to a vehicle to make it handicapped accessible? Believe me, it is not cheap! If you think insurance pays for it… think again! Even if the car insurance company provides coverage, it will not be near enough to replace the van and fit it for the needs of this family.

I certainly hope something is being done for this family! I would like to see a follow up. Please provide information about how we can help!

2015 years 10 months ago

Not to be callus, but how did they start the vehicle unless they had the key ?

2015 years 10 months ago

What kind of low life would steal from a handicaped person?

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2015 years 10 months ago

Maybe Janelle stole it

2015 years 10 months ago

sorry but you are incorrect concerning coverage for enhancements made to a van. As long as they are disclosed, and there may be an additional premium depending on the type of modifications, the Insurance Carrier will pay to replace. They even have coverage now which covers replacement cost on depreciated vehicles.


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