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Woman's wheelchair-accessible van stolen in DeKalb County

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

A DeKalb County woman says a wheelchair-accessible van that means everything to her has been stolen.

Sophia Powers said that the van gave her freedom.

"I've had it two years and it's been my best friend," said Powers.

Paralyzed and in a wheelchair after a car accident a few years ago, Powers says she felt trapped before she got the van.

"I was stuck in the house and didn't really want to go anywhere," said Powers.

Now she says she feels stuck again. She her sons noticed it missing when they went out to catch the school bus on Wednesday morning.

"I came back and saw the car gone," said Xavier Camara. "It's got a ramp that you can pull out so she can get in because we go places to get food, but we can't do it because we don't got a car no more."

Powers says she relies on the van to run everyday errands, get her boys back and forth to football practice and, most importantly, to get to Shepherd Center three times a week for therapy.

The 1998 Chrysler Town and Country black van has with Georgia tag "BPC7458".

"I take it everywhere, I can't get anywhere without it," said Powers. "It's not really eye candy for a thief; the best thing about it is the ramp.

Powers says she was able to afford the van thanks in part to a grant from shepherd Center.  The only insurance she had on it was liability.

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