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Car, wheelchair stolen from local woman

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA -- In October of 2004 Deborah Thompson was stabbed 10 times while working as a nurse in Alaska.

Amazingly she survived.

Now Thompson undergoes neuro-rehabilitation therapy at Brooks Rehabilitation Center five days a week. 

Monday, for the second time in her life, she was the victim of a crime.

"I am coming down the ramp and there is no car and I realize the car is gone," Deborah said.

According to the report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Deborah left her car in the Red Cross parking lot on Riverside Avenue at about 5:00 p.m. and she went inside to volunteer.  She came out about two hours later and her wheelchair, car and food inside the car were gone.

Without a car Deborah doesn't know how she is going to get home or to rehab and her power wheelchair was just a month old. It was donated to her since she can't push a manuel wheelchair.

"I think it is pretty low to take a wheelchair, I don't really know what their motive was," tells Deborah.

If there is one thing Deborah is- it is resilent.

She has been a firefighter, an EMT a nurse and now a volunteer for the Red Cross. 

She says she is a spiritual person who is comforted by an old saying: "Behind the veil of loss are hidden blessings. So I know it will be ok, I just have to give it time," she says with a small smile.

So here is how you can help. Keep your eyes peeled for a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Yakima bike rack on top and on the left side of the windshield there is a decal for a fast pass for the disabled. Also, on the back window is a sticker that says "ou Shanti".

Her power wheelchair is pink and gray and has there are three stars on the back of the seat. Also, on the black battery she wrote "Deborah Lynn Thompson" in gold with a smiley face.

Any tips can be called in to CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS

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