Family pleads for thieves to return stolen van to help get daughter to therapy

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee family is asking for the public's help to find their stolen van. They say it’s their only vehicle, and some family members have disabilities.

“I’m thinking they probably thought it was an easy target, thinking maybe the driver was disabled and they wouldn’t be able to do anything.” 

Crystal Romo said her family of six is a really bad spot now.

She told CBS 58 thieves stole her maroon-colored, Grand Caravan Wednesday morning, while her husband made a quick run inside the Family Dollar on Cesar Chavez Drive.

The doors were locked.

“It’s our only form of getting around," she explained.

The handicapped plates are for Crystal's muscle disability, but one of her daughters also has weekly appointments at Children’s Hospital.

“The therapy’s important to help her gain strength in her hands. She struggles to do homework, she struggles to write her name, to color.”

With one appointment canceled so far, and her husband missing days at work, Crystal has just one message for the thieves.

“I don’t have money for another car. Things are kind of tight," she said. "They never know what the situation is for the person that they’re taking it from.”

Crystal describes her van as a 2001 maroon-colored, Dodge Grand Caravan, handicapped license plate #36915 DS.

It also has stickers of a little family on the back window and rust on the bottom.

If you see the van, call Milwaukee Police.

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