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Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

Security camera footage shows theft of trailer containing sports equipment for the disabled

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living has released security camera footage showing the recent theft of a trailer containing sports equipment for the disabled.


A closer view of the trailer while it was used by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

Robert Schnitzer, a software team leader at Pixel-Velocity, and Carolyn Grawi, an official at AACIL, both emailed with seven videos showing a vehicle entering the center’s parking lot before leaving with the trailer in tow. Officials from the center and Ann Arbor police investigators are hoping the items will be returned, but so far there hasn’t been much good news.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said this week there isn't anything new to report in the case, but the investigation is continuing.

The trailer was stolen at about 11:23 p.m. March 11 from the center’s parking lot at 3941 Research Park Drive. Officials from the center have estimated the theft will cost about $30,000 between the value of the trailer, the handcycles, tricycles and other items inside.

The video shows a full-size SUV, such as a Ford Expedition or a Chevrolet Suburban, speeding into the parking lot before heading back out with the trailer. Security cameras from Pixel-Velocity, a company located next to the AACIL, were able to capture the images.

The theft has thrown the spring exercise programs put on by the center into jeopardy, Grawi said.

To view all of the videos of the theft, click here.

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Jeremy Miller

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

I would look into a "coupler lock" so this does not happen again.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

Hey, Folks, there are several fund raising efforts going on at the moment to help A2CIL recover from this theft! Please consider helping out. One is sponsored by the Japanese Martial Arts Center, which you can contact at, and the other is sponsored by the Southside Business Association. Their email is Thank You!


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 2:54 a.m.

Does this mean that this was an uninsured situation?

Jonny Spirit

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 9:25 p.m.

No the real question is why is there a 2 minute video when all the action happens in the first 30 seconds. I was waiting for the truck to go around the circle 3 or 4 times and maybe say "look kids there is Big Ben Parliament" :)


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

The real answer is that you can volunteer to download the footage, edit and resubmit it.

Old Salt

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Notice that all of the trailer lights were functioning they were prepared to steal this trailer,not just a random heist,they knew what to do and prepared for it....Shane on Them

Jonny Spirit

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 9:22 p.m.

Not really most truck have a plug in the rear bumper that allows almost any trailer to be plugged in so all the lights will work with the vehicle.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

So, why is the picture on the main page one of a large Econo-van pulling a trailer when the video obviously shows an SUV type vehicle?

Julie Baker

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

We just added the photo caption to clarify that the picture is a closer view of the trailer as it was used by the center. They provided us with the photo.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

The caption for the picture says "Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living", so I'm assuming it's to show what the trailer actually looks like.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

The $64.00 question is did the facility have insurance to cover this type of theft?


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Some people now a days are just pure selfish...


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

As long as there's a market for such items, there will be those who will steal to meet the demand. But a sad commentary on the ethics and morals of some who would steal and victimize the disabled.