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Thief Lifts Wheelchair Ramp From Yonkers Woman’s Home

Cynthia Knox's wheelchair was stolen from outside her Yonkers home. (Credit: CBS 2)

Cynthia Knox’s wheelchair was stolen from outside her Yonkers home. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The City of Yonkers is stepping in to help a wheelchair-bound woman whose ramp was stolen from outside of her home.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Friday, someone stole the ramp outside of 71-year-old Cynthia Knox’s home on Park Avenue in Yonkers on Thursday.

Knox, who lost her left leg five years ago, said she needs the ramp to get to and from dialysis appointments, which she has three times a week.

“Completely heartless, as far as I can see. There wouldn’t be a ramp out there if somebody didn’t need it,” Knox said.

Knox told Slattery that her daughter had paid $1,000 for the ramp.

A neighbor offered to donate a used ramp, but it was too short. Then, a construction crew was sent by Mayor Mike Spano’s office to measure for work.

“Whatever the city is willing to do, I think it’s wonderful,” Knox said.

The landlord, however, said he didn’t want a wooden structure, so the mayor’s office tried to locate a donated metal ramp, Slattery reported.

If the stolen ramp is not located, a spokesman for Mayor Spano said he expects to have a donated, metal ramp installed by Monday.

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