Have you seen this wheelchair?

Two teenage boys who allegedly stole a motorized wheelchair and rode it around Flower Hill until the battery died were arrested after posting photos of the crime online, Nassau County police said.

The 14-year-old East Hills suspects broke into a home that was under construction on Ridge Drive and stole a Quantum 600 Power Base wheelchair worth more than $17,000 at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The teens abandoned the wheelchair after it ran out of power. Third Squad detectives apprehended the duo Monday after they posted pictures of the crime on Facebook, police said.

Both suspects were charged with burglary and grand larceny. Their names were not released because they were charged as juveniles in Family Court.

The wheelchair was later found and returned to its owner.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.