A pair of unidentified women stole a wagon belonging to a six-year-old disabled boy from the 16th Avenue home of a Belmar Councilman, police said.
The boy is Alex Bean, who suffers from a rare neurological condition affecting his brain. He cannot walk nor talk. The wagon was his main source of transportation, apart from his wheelchair, his mother, Tracy Bean said.
Alex is the son of Belmar Councilman Jim Bean, whose home security cameras caught the theft early morning Tuesday.
Police are now looking for the women, and the wagon.
Belmar Police Chief Tom Palmisano said there is an ongoing investigation, adding that although the video is helpful, the identities of the women were not immediately known.
"We know its two women and we know the color of their hair," Palmisano said. "But the pictures aren't clear enough to post. It's an ongoing investigation and we are working on some things, so we don't want to tip our hand too much.''
Tracy Bean said she discovered the wagon was missing Tuesday morning, when she was going to talk Alex for a walk with her. At first, she thought she had just misplaced it, since the family used the wagon on Sunday.
It wasn't until she reviewed the security tapes that the Beans discovered the theft.
"It's just so stupid,'' Tracy Bean said. "They probably just filled it with ice and put beer in it."
The wagon was not specially modified, Bean said. It was just a plain, plastic wagon. But it also happens to be one of the things her son, who suffers from Cerebrial Hypoplasia, cherishes most.
"He sits in it and no one knows about his condition,'' Bean said. "I just broke my heart. For goodness' sake, it's the only dignity the kid has. It was just heartbreaking.''