Walker stolen from disabled child sparks strong reaction

“First the bad news – someone stole 7-year-old Marcos’ red and black posterior walker just outside his yard on Pine Street in Bartow between Sunday March 20 and Monday March 21,” the post read. , adding that he attended Wahneta Elementary.

“The good news is that thanks to your generous donations to Polk Sheriff’s Charities, our deputies were able to buy Marcos a brand new walker, in a beautiful shade of blue,” the office said.

One photo showed Marcos proudly using the shiny rollator, and another captured the moment he stood alongside loved ones and a first responder with his backpack ready to go:

Hello everyone – we have good news and bad news to share with you. First the bad news – someone stole…

Posted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, March 26, 2022

According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Together website, a posterior walker provides support to the individual from behind.

“This type of walker can help with posture and balance while standing and walking,” the site reads.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the post from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had garnered more than 4,000 reactions and users expressed their thoughts on what happened.

“I know this little guy, Marcos. He is the sweetest boy ever and his family is so loving and caring. Thanks to the sheriff’s office for replacing his walker. And shame on whoever stole his,” one person wrote.

“His new walker is even more beautiful than the old one. How nice that he has this great new one now! Y’all are the best!” another person said of the special gift.

Citizens with information about the apparent theft were asked to contact Detective Doerr at 863-678-4115.


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