LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11)—The embroidered, purple heart on the back of Chris Levi's wheelchair says it all. He's a decorated war hero, whose sacrifice for his country left him a double amputee.
But apparently, the symbol of honor and bravery meant nothing to the person, who stole the 28-year-old's blue wheelchair Wednesday from in front of his Holbrook home.
"To take that, is a blow to America itself, is a blow to our family, and more importantly, it's a shot in the heart," said his angry and hurt father, Eric Levi.
Levi -- who served as a corporal in the U.S. Army -- lost his legs in 2008, when his Humvee was bombed in Iraq.
When he's not using his prosthetic legs, he relies on the wheelchair. That was the case Wednesday, when he left the house to do a quick errand in his handicapped-accessible car.
"He comes out in his wheelchair, parks it right here, grabs with his left arm and swings into the car in one motion and drives out, and most of the local merchants, when they see him, will take his money and go out and get him what he wants," hid dad explained.
Chris returned a half-hour later to find his wheelchair gone, forcing him to crawl back into his house.
Suffolk County Police have been checking to see if the thief sold it for scrap metal.
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to replace the wheelchair.
Edited By Michelle Robinson