Two Accused Of Stealing Wheelchair Ramp From Veteran

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Fox 2 is there as two suspects are taken into custody in Jefferson County.

The pair are accused of stealing a wheelchair ramp from a war veteran's home.
Lou Murray lives in an assisted living center in Fenton.

"I am living here because I am a double amputee and my wife and her mother could not handle my needs," said Murray.

He needs a wheelchair ramp to get inside the High Ridge home he once shared with his wife.

But the 30 foot aluminum ramp he used to get from the driveway to the door is gone.

"I lost complete access to my home where my wife lives," said Murray.

Lou says the suspects are someone he knows all too well. His step daughter and her friend.

The two were arrested at the home Tuesday afternoon as neighbors watched.
Sheryl Mcleroy said," I raised that child that is in the back of that police car she and my daughter played all the time."

Lou says he warned the two to leave his ramp alone.

"I finally reported it to police reluctantly which you could understand it was my wife only child and her daughter and it was tough on me to report it," said Murray.

The ramp was given to Lou by the Veterans Administration. The Vietnam Vet lost his legs almost four years ago.

"I lost both of my legs. I believe I was exposed to agent orange in vietnam and that led to diabetes," said Murray.

Investigators say the ramp probably won't be recovered but they are checking with scrap metal dealers in the area.

Captain Ron Arnhart from the Jefferson County Sherriff's Department said,"Naturally I would like to say I hope it would be recovered but if it had been scraped the chances of it being recovered are very slim."

Murray said, "I am certain it has been sold for scrap metal and is gone by now. My fear was if I moved from this community to another one and needed the ramp and requested one the VA would wonder where my other ramp was.

The suspects have not been charged.

The ramp is valued around $4,000.

michelle.anselmo@tvstl.com

 

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