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Disabled veteran seeking help after trailer, equipment stolen in Missoula

Disabled veteran seeking help after trailer, equipment stolen in Missoula
Disabled veteran seeking help after trailer, equipment stolen in Missoula
Posted at 1:17 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 19:51:12-04

UPDATE

MISSOULA - A disabled veteran's trailer that contained his specialized equipment was stolen in Missoula on Monday night.

Tim Gardipee says the theft happened Monday night at the Corso Apartments near Russell Street.

Gardipee says an outdoor wheelchair and personal ramps were in the trailer -- which he estimates is about $20,000 worth of property.

Video surveillance shows a white Chevy pickup truck leaving the parking lot with the trailer.

Guardipee says he loves to get outside in the summertime and needs his wheelchair for outdoor activities. He says he feels sick to his stomach that someone stole it.

"I was just planning on doing some outdoor activities. I've done some photoshoots with it, and other things I was just ready to do some starting in June here, and now this is taken from me."

Guardipee is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who served for 32 years in four war zones. He was paralyzed after a bad parachute landing in 2005.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Missoula Police Department at (406) 552-6300.


(first report: June 9, 2020 - 1:17 p.m.)

A disabled veteran has had his trailer – which contained his specialized equipment – stolen in Missoula.

Tim A. Gardipee stated in a social media post that the theft happened on Monday night at Corso Apartments on Russell Street.

Gardipee says among the items in the trailer that was taken was a Trac Chair – which had been stolen previously.

A White Chevy pickup truck was seen on video leaving with the trailer.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Missoula Police Department at (406) 552-6300.

We’ll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

Col. Garidpee served in the Armed Forces for 32 years and is now disabled.