ARCADIA (CBSLA.com) — An Arcadia man is furious upon learning that two of his vehicles have been stolen.
But as KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reports, these are no ordinary vehicles and their owner is in complete shock.
The only wheels Steve Bolstad has to get around these days are from his wheelchair.
The 49 year-old paraplegic now has to ask for rides to and from his doctor’s appointments after someone stole his truck, trailer and treasured race car that were parked at an Extended Stay Hotel in Arcadia.
“In disbelief, I am still in disbelief. It’s my life, that’s what I live for,” Bolstad said.
Kim reports Bolstad discovered his black pick-up and red trailer with the race car inside were gone Monday morning. He raced both the truck and car which were specially made so that Steve can do what he loves to do — despite his paralysis.
“The truck was lowered, I paid to have it lowered so I can get in easier,” he explained.
He told Kim he spent 15 years working on his ’73 Vega — also customized for him.
“Took Harley Davidson motorcycle handle bars, cut them, stuck them in a wheelchair, arm rests, shaft so I can tilt forward for the brakes and I had a brake lever, it was a gas pedal,” he said.
Bolstad believes the thieves will have a hard time selling the various engraved parts — and the cars being tailored for a paralyzed driver truly limits interested buyers.
“You’ll get yours. I believe in karma and there’s a place waiting for you. I know you jacked it up pulling it out of here, and it didn’t have any gas in it. So, it’s a good chance you’re gonna get caught — fools,” he said.
Earlier this week, a Long Beach man also had his truck, trailer and race car stolen.
Police in Arcadia are looking into whether these crimes could be related.