Last week, the Wharton Police Department reported that a child’s wheelchair needed to be located after it had allegedly been part of a theft.

Wharton PD posted information on the wheelchair through its Facebook page on July 9 at 10:52 a.m. More than an hour later, Wharton PD reported that the owner of the wheelchair had been found, but that it appeared that it had been stolen out of Houston with the family’s vehicle.

The vehicle, which was an olive-colored GMC Envoy, had been reported stolen from the family’s Houston home.

Nearly five hours after the initial Facebook post, WPD commented on the circumstances that led to the family getting their wheelchair back.

Wharton PD said in part: “With the help of our community, both local and abroad, your Wharton Police Department was able to hand the chair back.”

Photos of the father and a couple of Wharton PD officers were published in the follow-up Facebook post, including a photo of the child, whose name is Nathan.

The family eventually allowed a photo of the boy to be shared with law enforcement here. The photo shown was before Nathan’s device was stolen. In the photo, Nathan can be seen smiling and sitting comfortably in his “Monsters” chair, which has an animation character placed on the side of the wheel.

Despite having use of the wheelchair again, the family of six reportedly is now making the best of a pickup truck that seats three people.  

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