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Stolen wheelchair returned to handicapped Channel swimmer

Philippe Croizon during an interview
Philippe Croizon during an interview Reuters/Jacky Naegelen

Stolen five days ago, the wheelchair of a handicapped sportsman was returned to its rightful owner after he made a public plea for its speedy return.

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Phillippe Croizon, 45 tweeted last night that his custom-built, all terrain vehicle worth more than 20,000 euros, was found abandoned in a parking lot.

“After he saw the story on TF1 (news broadast), a man called me on the telephone,” said the French quadruple amputee who is famous for having swum across the English Channel in 2010. “Thank you to the Internet users, you were incredible…thank you to the medias.
Thank you to the police” added Croizon.

The wheelchair was stolen along with the trailer it was being stored in Thursday night in France’s Seine-Maritime department.

The driver of a bus for handicapped persons found it on Friday morning, but not knowing who it belonged to, put it in safe-keeping until he saw a news report about the theft.

Just earlier on in the day, Croizon made an emotional plea to the thieves to return his machine, saying it took him over a year to raise the necessary funds for its purchase.

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