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A Van Used To Take People To Doctor's Appointments Stolen

The grey van was stolen from a nursing home near West 16th Street and North Tibbs Avenue.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some Hoosiers need a lift when going to the doctor and hire companies to take them all hours of the day.

Wednesday morning got more complicated for some people because a van intended to do just that was stolen.

Before the sun rises, Walter Litzlbauer gets ready to start picking up clients through his company, A-TIN Transports, which stands for Assisting Those In Need. He gives those rides until after the sun sets.  

"Doctors appointments, dialysis appointments and things to help them in the medical field," he said, listing the places his clients head off to. 

So, Wednesday morning, Litzlbauer was doing just this: making sure his clients get to these appointments. That's when someone stole this empty van from a nursing home near West 16th Street and North Tibbs Avenue on the west side. 

"They don't understand the detriment that they caused not only to the company, but also to the person," he said. 

The lack of a van meant longer rides and longer waits for clients. Litzlbauer said he scrambled to make sure his 70 clients got to their appointments in some other vans and a bus.  

As his 14-hour day wrapped up, Litzlbauer had a message to whoever has his van. 

"Sometimes if you ask somebody, you never know what they're willing to do, so if it comes to the point where you have to steal from someone to make your life greater, then your life really is not that great after all."

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to contact Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. 

(Photo: Chalabala/Thinkstock)

(WISH-TV reporter: Eric Feldman)

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