TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa County Good Samaritan is helping a family and their special needs son after a thief stole his wheelchair and walker.
After Michael Hopkins heard about what happened to 10-year-old Andi Carrea he says he knew
he and his wife had to do something to help.
“And I just knew that I had to get this wheelchair to this kid for him and his family to show
that there are good people in this world and people are able to help when the need arises” Hopkins said.
Friday night Hopkins called the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office to donate a wheelchair he had sitting in his garage. A few hours later a deputy came over and picked it up and delivered the wheelchair to the Carrea family.
“I am not looking for recognition, I don’t need to know a name or know where they live. I just know I have something I can help this family with and that’s what I wanted to do”.
October 10th investigators say suspect Tony Whitehead stole the wheelchair and a walker from the Carrea’s porch at their home in the Wood Village community on Rice Mine Road. Authorities believe Whitehead sold the items at a local scrapyard for thirty dollars. Both items are worth 500 dollars.
Michael Hopkins says he can’t believe anyone could steal from a kid who has special needs.
“You can’t get much lower on the food chain then somebody who is going to steal, especially from a
kid who has special needs”.
Ten-year-old Andi Carrea’s mother doesn’t speak fluent English, but her daughter Dassy does and even though her family has never met Michael Hopkins, they are happy that he gave them a wheelchair.
“Thank you, thank you for it. It’s so nice to have a wheelchair for my brother”.
Suspect Tony Whitehead is still at large, anyone with information about his whereabouts should call
the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office at 205-464-8672.