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Wheelchair-equipped vehicles found
November 13, 2012, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Two wheelchair-equipped vehicles stolen from the front of a Menlo Park woman’s home last week were discovered over the weekend in a Redwood City cul-de-sac, Nettie Wijsman told the Daily Journal yesterday.

Wijsman had her 1999 gold Dodge Caravan and 2000 black Honda CRV — both equipped with $28,500 worth of modifications — stolen last week.

Items in the vehicles were taken such as a camera, backpack and clothing but Wijsman, who has a rare bone disease, is pleased the vehicles were intact and still drivable.

"Nothing was harmed,” she told the Daily Journal.

Wijsman, 55, relied on the modified vehicles for transportation because she has cystic angiomatosis, a condition that has made her skeletal system fragile.

She feared the loss of the vehicles would strip her of her independence.

The Honda was insured but the Caravan was not, she said.

Both vehicles were modified extensively at a great cost so that Wijsman could drive and access them as she uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.

Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.

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