Vehicle stolen from dialysis patient’s driveway

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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A woman heading to her car to drive to a kidney dialysis appointment opened the door to her driveway early Friday morning to find the vehicle missing.

“I figure it’s long gone,” Theresa Ford, 57, said of her 1996 black Honda Accord. “It’s the No. 1 (kind of) car to get stolen.”

Ford, who lives with her husband near East 33rd Street and G Street in the Shumway neighborhood, said the vehicle was not insured against theft because it’s too old. She discovered it stolen at about 5 a.m.

Primarily, she said, she uses the car to get to thrice-weekly dialysis appointments and other doctor visits. She said she’ll lean on her husband, Roy Ford, also 57, and the couple’s three adult children to make her appointments. Theresa Ford said she’s on the kidney transplant list at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland.

Ford said she did not know of other cars stolen in the neighborhood but said there have been a lot of break-ins. Her husband reported her vehicle stolen to Vancouver police, who placed it on a national registry of stolen vehicles.

Still, she’s not optimistic it’ll be recovered. “I (figure) it’s probably in parts by now,” she said.

Anyone with information can call the Vancouver Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 360-487-7399.