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March 25, 2014

Thief snatches wheelchair

Salem woman left stranded after larceny


“Maybe I can do that this summer,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In the meantime, she is trying to figure out how to get groceries. She noted that replacing the machine would be prohibitively expensive, as she’s on a fixed income.

“Basically, I don’t have much to work with,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

Champagne speculated that whoever took the wheelchair might have done so for somebody “who was hurt,” or for somebody who somehow needed it more than she does.

“I hope somebody can use it more than I did,” she said, “but I don’t think that’s the case.”

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