ABC7 News viewer helps find stolen van belonging to woman with ALS

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) -- A Fremont couple got some great news -- all because of a story that ABC7 News reporter Elissa Harrington did during the newscast at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Phil and Kay Thomas' van, that's custom designed for people with disabilities, was stolen from their driveway earlier this week. It was then discovered Wednesday afternoon by an alert ABC7 News viewer living about 2.5 miles away from couple's house.

ABC7 News spoke to the Good Samaritan who found the stolen van in his apartment complex parking lot in Fremont. Todd Sizer said, "I just memorized the brief description on the news and I quickly checked. I have a tendency to know what cars fight right in this neighborhood and that wasn't one of them."

Another Good Samaritan stepped in. Classic Vans of Hayward pitched in and lent the Tomases one of their specialized vans. In fact, several other ABC7 News viewers also called in and offered their vans too.

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