PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Can you imagine walking into this parking lot, and seeing these Foundation for Blind Children vans and stealing one of them? That's exactly what happened a few weeks ago, and it's a crime that will impact thousands of lives.
"These vans are marked with blind children all over them... who would steal from blind children?" Marc Ashton said.
It's a question CEO Marc Ashton has a hard time grappling with, especially when you see who's being affected.
These kids are just some of more than 100 children that FBC helps every day.
Some of the more than 2,000 people of all ages, who's lives are changed, thanks to dedicated staff, doctors, and vans taking kids to school on field trips like the Grand Canyon, even helping adults learn to live on their own.
"We teach people how to get around the city, how to get to and from school, to and from work, and we're really good at it," Ashton said. "Where the rest of the country has 70 percent unemployment rate for the blind community, we have a 7 percent. We are fixing a social problem with a simple van."
It's a 2005 Ford with about 100 miles on it that was hotwired in the foundation's parking lot, and all of it was caught on camera.
"When we saw the tape, we just said what is going on and why," Ashton said.
That's the hardest question, and it's a question police haven't been able to get to the bottom of. But now, without one of their six vans, the foundation is reaching out to you.
"The vans are insured, however, our insurance is only going to give us $7,000 for a $40,000 van, so we're going to need some help," Ashton said. "We're going to need some help."