Massachusetts police recovered a specialized vehicle that was essential to a family that members used the van to transport an 8-year-old disabled boy days after it was stolen.
The van was stolen at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday while Sandra Tavares ran back into her Brockton home to get something she had forgotten, WCVB-TV reports. Navares has needed the van for her son, Neyden—who is unable to walk or talk following a traumatic brain injury he suffered when he was 2—and she left the vehicle running while she was in the house.
That's when three people were caught on a security camera getting in the van and taking off with it.
"I turn around, and I tell my husband, 'Neyden's car is not there,'" said Tavares.
Roughly 60 hours later, Brockton police were able to hunt down and recover the van. Although the vehicle was found, officers haven't apprehended any suspects in the crime, and investigators were still dusting for fingerprints and collecting other evidence from the van
"I'm hoping that they can find them, so they can do nothing to somebody else," said Tavares.
A GoFundMe is being set up for the family, and one man already has donated $5,000.
"I just saw my van. I'm so happy, and I would like to thank everyone," she said.