Car thief steals SUV donated to Kansas Army National Guardsman

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- Just a few months after getting a donated car for serving his country a Kansas Army National guardsmen has to report that same car stolen.

Sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, someone drove off with Benjamin Lewis's SUV. Now, he wants his car back and what was hidden inside.

There's never a dull moment in Benjamin Lewis' home. The single dad has his hands full raising four boys under the age of 7, working full time for USD 259, and serving in the Kansas Army National Guard.

His life got a little easier to manage this September, when he was given an 89' suburban through Cars 4 Heroes.

"I was the happiest person in the world because it was a huge blessing for me and my family,” Benjamin Lewis said.

Just three months later, he's back to being carless.

"It was a big blessing for us and then this morning it was taken away,” Lewis said.

Lewis noticed his SUV was missing when he tried to leave for work. He says after he reported it stolen, he realized he hid all four of his children's Christmas presents in the back.

"And now they don't have anything except maybe one gift I have somewhere around here,” Lewis said.

"How I'm going to replace it, I don't know. I don't get paid until after Christmas, so yeah I don't know how I'm going to do that,” Lewis said.

Lewis says he does have insurance on his car so he has a rental and will eventually get a replacement. But he says he wants his SUV one back. He says it's more than just transportation, it was a gift given to him for serving his country.

"It meant a lot to me because of how I got it. I mean the people didn't have to give it to me and they chose to,” Lewis said.

If you have any information about Benjamin Lewis's stolen black and gold 89' Suburban, please call police.

Lewis says he also contacted a family readiness group through the Kansas Army National Guard to see if they can help replace some of his children's Christmas presents.

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