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Suspected handicap van thief arrested

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Chattanooga Police say a suspect, accused of stealing the van of a handicapped woman, is behind bars.

Police say 44-year-old Allen Bales was arrested earlier this week on unrelated charges. While in custody, police were able to tie him to the auto theft.

Bales now faces charges of theft over $1,000. He's being held without bond.

On Monday, August 1st, Jill Hindman's handicap accessible Dodge Caravan was stolen in broad daylight from the Fuji restaurant on Highway 153.

Police found the van on August 8th, thanks to the help of a Channel 3 viewer. Police believe it had been bought and sold several times before it found its way to a man in northwest Georgia.

The Cohutta man returned it, but did not want to go on camera. He says it just felt like the right thing to do.

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