Mom watches from window as thieves steal car, with daughter’s special needs wheelchair inside


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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A mother in south St. Louis was scared and is now sad and frustrated over the loss of what was inside her new car when it was stolen Wednesday afternoon outside her house.

The thieves took Christmas presents and Thanksgiving groceries she had just bought, but it’s the special needs wheelchair that was inside that is especially devastating.

“I see three guys standing at the very end of my step. It alarmed me, it scared me, so I ran and shut the door,” said Tonja Ross.  “And I ran to the dining room window and looked outside and they got in my car and they took my car.”

Her daughter Fiona, age two, has Down syndrome.  When the thieves took the 2010 KIA Sportage she had recently purchased, they also took Fiona’s specialized wheelchair.

The family has established a GoFundMe account to try to pay for a new car set and wheelchair, which costs $4,000.

Tonja Ross had just recently moved from Tampa back to St. Louis where she grew up.


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