Child’s wheelchair found in Sauk Centre
By Diane Leukam
A missing wheelchair valued at $12,000, for 6-year-old Tyce Sauter of Becker, was found Sunday in Sauk Centre. The blue and black Zippie custom-made pediatric wheelchair was reported missing on Jan. 15 by the boy’s father, Thomas Bartkowicz, who lives north of Sauk Centre.
According to Bartkowicz, he thought the chair had been lost or stolen from the back of his pickup somewhere between Sauk Centre and Albany.
Al Gettel of Precision Ag Parts and Equipment on the north end of Sauk Centre hadn’t heard anything about the missing wheelchair when he noticed it in the ditch on his property over a week ago.
“It was just laying in the road ditch,” said Gettel. “I thought maybe someone threw it away – it looked beat up. The vinyl was all banged up.”
Gettel brought it into his garage for about a week, but then thought maybe someone would come looking for it.