Disabled toddler’s wheelchair taken from home in South Ozone Park: Mom seeks answers

Photo courtesy of Marta Escobar

A mother is seeking answers following the theft of her disabled son’s wheelchair by a group of thieves outside of her South Ozone Park home on Monday. 

Marta Escobar, a mother of a 4-year-old disabled child, says she left her home around 5:30 p.m. to run errands when a group of strangers took her son’s wheelchair stroller from the side of her home on Jan. 1. Her son, Anthony, is unable to walk or talk and is in great need of the wheelchair stroller.

Marta Escobar’s son, Anthony, is 4 years old. He has a number of medical conditions, which prevent him from being able to walk. Photo courtesy of Marta Escobar

Video footage, shared by Escobar on Facebook and Instagram, captures three trespassers entering the alleyway of her home a little after 5:45 p.m., minutes after she left.  

The intruders, with what appears to be a child, are seen on video entering the property and walking away with the wheelchair stroller, two other umbrella strollers, and packs of diapers. 

Escobar says her son’s prescription medicine was also stolen when the wheelchair and strollers were taken. On social media, Escobar claims migrants were responsible for stealing her son’s wheelchair, although this has not been verified. 

“It’s not fair that we are trying our best as a city to help these people and they are coming freely and walking into our private homes and stealing things that are so delicate and necessary for my child to be able to get to school every day,” Escobar wrote. 

The incident was reported to the 106th Precinct with cops classifying it as a grand larceny, due to the monetary value of the stolen items, according to a NYPD report shared with QNS.  No arrests have been made.

Escobar asks for anyone with possible information regarding the incident to contact the NYPD’s 106th Precinct.