Only means of transportation for her son
A day after it was stolen from in front of the Amherst food bank, Karen LeBlanc's vehicle has been found in Sackville, N.B.
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Karen LeBlanc talks to her son Duran Beckstead and Chris MacDonald after learning her car, and Duran’s only transportation, had been located in Sackville, N.B. on Thursday. The vehicle, which had been modified for Duran’s wheelchair, was stolen on Wednesday from King Street.
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By Darrell Cole
AMHERST – Karen LeBlanc’s worst nightmare has a happy ending.
Less than a day after her 2013 Kia Soul was stolen from in front of the Amherst food bank on King Street, the vehicle was located in Sackville, N.B. and should be back in her driveway the first of the week.
“It’s such a relief because I don’t know how we were going to manage without it,” LeBlanc said. “Someone in Sackville saw a message on Facebook and remembered seeing the car on his street. Police went over to check it out and it was my car.”
LeBlanc, who works at Maggie’s Place family resource centre, was volunteering at the Amherst food bank on Wednesday. When pushed the door open around 3 p.m. to go back to her office she noticed her car was gone.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, my car that was parked just outside the door was gone. My stomach hit the sidewalk,” said LeBlanc. “I was frantic, I couldn’t figure out who would want to take my car.”
More troubling, though, is the fact the car is pretty much the only means of transportation for her 18-year-old son, Duran, who has cerebral palsy.
The car was specially modified by Atlantic Kia in Amherst so her son’s wheelchair would easily fit in the back.
Without the car, would be nearly impossible to take Duran for drives.
“He was pretty upset about it,” she said. “He kept asking where’s the car and he’s worried because his identification was in the car.”
While the car was recovered by police, she likely won’t get it back until the first of the week. LeBlanc’s purse and two cellphones were taken from the car.
“I can’t say enough about the police and Dwayne Pike. He’s been amazing,” she said. “When I was losing it, he kept me calm and helped me keep my wits about me.”
LeBlanc said the car was the first ever new vehicle she had ever owned and she wasn’t optimistic she would ever see it again.
“I was sort of hoping it was just someone who needed a drive somewhere and that they’d leave and we’d find it,” LeBlanc said.
She said locating the car is a testament to the power of social media.
“There are a lot of bad things about Facebook, but this was definitely one of the ways it could be used for the good,” she said. “My daughter shared my status and this guy in Sackville saw it.”
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the department at 667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.