HOLBROOK, NY (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 the symbol of honor and bravery apparently meant nothing to the person who stole the 28-year-old's blue wheelchair from the front of his home in Holbrook, Long island on Wednesday.
"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.
When he's not using his prosthetic legs, he relies on his wheelchair to get around. That was the case on 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," Eric Levi said.
Chris Levi returned a half hour later to find his wheelchair gone. He had to crawl back into his house.
Suffolk County Police have been checking to see if the thief sold it to a scrap yard.
The VA will be giving him a new wheelchair.