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Largo man needs help tracking down wheelchair-accessible truck stolen from driveway

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 17:56:42-05

A Largo man needs help tracking down his wheelchair-accessible truck.

David Falter said someone stole it from his driveway late last week. He reported it Friday morning -as soon as he saw it was missing. 

Ever since then, he and his family have been sharing their story online. They hope someone in the area saw the 2008 Toyota Tundra recently. 

Falter said two people have contacted the family already, and that a witness sent his family video of what appears to be his truck Thursday night.

Falter said he was not driving in that area that night. The truck was spotted off US 19. Falter said he knew it was his truck because of the handicap lift in the back and a decal on the back of the truck.

Deputies said they will review the video. 

Falter said the second tip was from a witness, who spotted the truck off 66th Street N in Largo, yesterday.

"It's got all my handicap necessities inside of it's a pain not having it," Falter said.

He said he lost part of his right leg a few years ago because of cancer, and that he depends on his truck. It is a big part of his life and he thought he would have it for the rest of his life. 

"I don't care about prosecution. I don't care about nothing. I don't care who (stole) it. I just want the vehicle back," Falter said. 

Falter is offering a reward that he will give to the person who helps him recover his truck. He said he wants people to contact him at (727) 309-9179. If you have information about the 2008 Toyota Tundra, you are urged to call authorities immediately. You can also contact Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200.

"Whether they call in because they're a good person or the greed of the reward, I don't care at this point. I just want the vehicle back," Chastity Jarmon, Falter's daughter, said. 

Jarmon drove from Citrus County to help her father pass out flyers with information about the 2008 Toyota Tundra Monday morning. It is blue with chrome door handles. 

"I'm this close to tears because it's upsetting. I mean stealing a vehicle, that's one thing, but when you steal it from a handicap's obvious because there's a wheelchair ramp on the back... to me that's just a new form of low," Jarmon said. 

Falter said he locked the truck, but admitted he left a key hidden in it for medical staff to access, when he visits the doctor. He said he will rethink leaving his keys in the truck again. 

Deputies remind people never to leave their keys in their car and to also lock it.