Albany teen to get new wheelchair after someone stole hers

Albany teen to get new wheelchair after someone stole hers

An Albany teen with Cerebral Palsy will get a new wheelchair from Latham-based Monroe Wheelchair, after someone stole hers last week.

Fourteen-year-old Rockelle "Rocky" Valentino's wheelchair was stolen by someone from in front of her Winthrop Avenue home.

On the day the wheelchair was stolen, her sister said, "She said she's very sad and she wants to go to school."

As of Wednesday this week, Monroe Wheelchair workers were building a loaner chair for Rockelle while the teen's family was working with insurance company to get a replacement.

Corey Barss, Customer Service Manager at Monroe Wheelchair, said the company was definitely glad to help the teen.

Albany Sheriff Craig Apple and the owner of DelSignore Blacktop Paving have offered to cover that cost that will not be covered by insurance. These types of wheelchairs normally cost thousands of dollars.

Meanwhile, Albany police investigators are probing the theft and urged the members of the public to immediately share any relevant information with detectives at 462-8039.

Moving is really a very tough task for Rockelle because Cerebral Palsy has taken a big toll on all of her muscles. She spends most of her time in the wheelchair.

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