$11,000 wheelchair stolen in Newport

Police are looking for the public's help in finding the person or people who stole a wheelchair from a disabled man Saturday morning in Newport Beach.

About 3 a.m. Saturday, a 57-year-old Newport Beach resident was riding in his black, electric Quantum 6000 XL wheelchair in the 500 block of 32nd Street when the battery died on him, said Newport Beach Sgt. Steve Rasmussen.

The man left the wheelchair alone in the parking lot where it died and got a ride from there. When he returned at 8 a.m., the chair was gone, Rasmussen said. The chair is worth about $11,000, he said.

According to the wheelchair manufacturer's brochure, the Quantum 6000 XL weighs more than 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about the chair or who took it is asked to call Newport Beach police at (800) 550-NBPD.

— Joseph Serna

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