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Thieves steal custom wheelchair and thousands from disabled man

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The Spokane County Sheriff's office is currently investigating the theft. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime check at 509-456-2233 The Spokane County Sheriff's office is currently investigating the theft. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime check at 509-456-2233
SPOKANE, Wash. -

One word describes the track chair that Jim Mace owns: freedom. 

"Without it, there are not a lot of places I can go." Mace says. 

20 years ago a rock climbing accident in north Idaho left Jim mostly paralyzed from the chest down. He has been in an electric wheel chair ever since. Two years ago Mace purchased a 12-thousand dollar electric chair with tracks on it so he could be more mobile, go hunting with his family and places where his wheels couldn't take him. His uncle also built him a custom mount so he could attach his rifles to the chair and hunt with his family. 

"I had a sip and puff apparatus," Jim explains how he was able to pull the trigger of the gun. "So that's how I shoot and hunt. That was gone too. They took everything."

On Tuesday the enclosed trailer where Jim stores his chair and all his hunting gear was stolen from his front yard at his Spokane Valley home. 

"My heart sunk" Jim says, "I pretty much cried myself to sleep." 

Mace tells KHQ that he saved for that chair for years. 

A friend of his contacted KHQ on Wednesday about the theft. That was also the day deputies found the trailer abandoned with the trailer's latches cut. Everything that was inside the trailer was gone. Jim estimates with his chair it was about $17,000 worth of gear. 

"Remember in Back To The Future" Mace jokes, "Dr. Brown says where we are going we don't roads." Mace says he didn't need roads either with that chair. "I mean they could just dump it off on my driveway. I would not ask them questions, I just want my stuff back."

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the theft. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime check at 509-456-2233

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