Disabled veteran's car, ramp stolen

CLEVELAND -- To many people, a 1997 Jeep Cherokee is not a dream car, but for a local veteran, it was a way of life.

He served our country as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, and now others are rallying to help him out after his jeep was stolen.

"It's not so important just the jeep itself, except it has the lift on the back. The lift is for the scooter," John Halfacre said.

The scooter is for Halfacre, a veteran, who suffered a spinal cord injury. Now walking is too painful, he needs a scooter to get around to doctors appointments and every day errands. So, when his Jeep with a lift attached was stolen over the weekend, he was devastated.

"Without it, I'm pretty much stuck like I am now, just sitting. I can't go anywhere," Halfacre said.

Now there's an empty parking spot where the Jeep used to sit, just in front of their house. His wife is still in shock.

"My stomach just sank to the ground," Lisa Halfacre said. "I was just extremely upset. With a lift on the back of the car, you know it belongs to a disabled person. Why would you do something like that?"

The community asked the same question, and a gofundme account created by a stranger almost moved Halfacre to tears. He's a proud man who would never ask for a handout, but now he just asks the Jeep and lift be returned.

"I just want them to do the right thing," Halfacre said.

A little less than $1,000 has been raised so far. The Jeep was valued at around $4,000 on Kelly Blue Book, and the lift costs about $2,000. It was just installed last month after Halfacre's latest spine surgery.

Police are investigating this incident.


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