Handicapped van stolen in Woodstock recovered in Cobb
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A handicapped-equipped minivan reported stolen Monday morning from a Woodstock family has been recovered in Cobb County.

The 2009 Toyota Sienna was discovered by its owner about 4 p.m. Monday afternoon parked at the Metro Lodge Hotel near the Cherokee/Cobb border on Highway 5, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Cobb County Police and Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives were processing the van, he said.

No arrests had been made and the investigation was continuing, Baker said.

“The legs braces belonging to the victim’s son were inside and were recovered,” Baker said. “The cash was gone, but the laptop was in the vehicle.”

The minivan was not damaged and was returned to the owner, he said.

The van was customized for the owner’s 12-year-old son, who has spina bifida.

Baker said the van was stolen from the family’s home off Ridgewood Drive overnight Monday, and the mother called police the next morning when she realized it was gone.

The van has a wheelchair ramp, sits low to the ground and has the words “Handicap Driver Services” printed on the rear window, Baker said.

It also reads “Braun Ramp Van,” along the sides and has the Georgia tag number PD1AGK, he said.

Anyone with information about the stolen minivan is asked to call 911.

A handicapped equipped van reported stolen Monday morning in Woodstock was recovered about 4 p.m. at a Cobb County hotel, police said.

Detectives were on the scene where the van was located, but police would not release the name of the hotel as detectives were still searching for possible suspects believed to be in the area, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Cherokee County authorities said the van was reported stolen from a Woodstock home overnight Sunday and is customized for a 12-year-old boy with spina bifida.

Baker said deputies responded to a home off Ridgewood Drive on Monday morning where the boy’s mother reported that her 2009 red Toyota Sienna van had been stolen from her driveway overnight.

The van has a wheelchair ramp, sits low to the ground and has the words “Handicap Driver Services” printed on the rear window, Baker said.

It also reads “Braun Ramp Van,” along the sides and has the Georgia tag number PD1AGK, he said.

“The child’s leg braces, a laptop computer and cash were also inside,” Baker said.

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