COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A 16-year-old boy has lost his ticket to the outdoors after someone stole the special golf cart he depends on to move around outside.
On a day like this, neighbors on Arnold Road could expect to see 16 year old Tyler Hallman in his golf cart getting a ride around the neighborhood from his mother Debbie. "He likes going kind of fast, and the vibration of it and everything," said Debbie Hallman. "He smiles and he's happy on it."
A case of meningitis robbed Tyler of his voice and the ability to walk when he was just one year old. For 10 years, the golf cart was the only way to get Tyler into the outdoors.
"It has a special seat on it for him where he's safe," said Hallman. "We take him for a ride on it and it makes him really happy."
It was so vital the family took it with them on trips and vacations -- but not anymore. "It's wrong, and I want it back for him." Debbie said about the theft.
Hallman says the golf cart was here in the family carport Sunday night when it disappeared some time after they went to sleep. "I want them to know they've taken this child's transportation, and evidently they thought they needed it more than he did," said Hallman. "Do they want to come back and get his wheelchair too? Same thing."
As the sheriff's department investigates, she wants others to be on the lookout for a piece of stolen property that carries a special meaning. "I would like to know who took it and ask them how would they like to lose their legs, because that's what they took from Tyler, they took his transportation."
If you know anything that might help deputies find the cart, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.