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Meridian man's wheelchair stolen during BSU game

He says that his wife piggy-backed him back up the stairs at halftime to get back into his chair but it was gone. (Photo Credit Boise Police Department)

A Meridian man, who is quadriplegic, is asking for the public's help after his wheelchair was stolen during the Boise State football game Friday night.

Nathan Ogden and his wife Heather parked the wheelchair at the top of section 8 around 5:45 p.m and took their seats down in the stands.

He says that his wife piggy-backed him back up the stairs at halftime to get back into his wheelchair, but it was gone.

The wheelchair, pictured above, is a Quickie brand titanium wheelchair with custom chrome wheels. The Boise Police Department spoke to witnesses who say they saw the wheelchair leaving the stadium.

The Boise Police are asking anyone with information about where the wheelchair is to call dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 208-343-2677.

They say if you have the wheelchair, you can drop it off at City Hall West off of Emerald or the BSU substation at 2245 University Drive.

In the meantime, Nathan hopes this will show people what a lifeline wheelchairs are for those who need them.

"It's your independence," said Nathan. "That allows me to move. It allows me to choose to go right or go left. It allows me to go down and tuck my girls into bed. It allows me to work and provide for my family. It does everything for me."

He said he's not upset because he believes he will get his wheelchair back or can always buy a new one, but hopes that people would consider giving to those who can't afford a wheelchair through Chair the Hope.

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