Callous theft leaves Glenrothes youngster housebound

Dylan Muir with his gran Brenda McCutcheon.
Dylan Muir with his gran Brenda McCutcheon.

A Glenrothes boy has been left housebound after the wheelchairs he relies on were stolen.

Dylan Muir (6) has cerebral palsy which means he can only walk small distances with the aid of a walking frame.

His custom made wheelchair was recently replaced with a new larger one that were both stolen from his garden in Warout Braes over a week ago leaving Dylan and his family very upset.

However, this week Dylan received a temporary replacement wheel chair although a permanent one is still needed.

Brenda McCutcheon, Dylan’s grandmother, said: “He was so distraught when he found out.”

“The wheelchairs obviously belong to a child and yet they still took them.

“Whoever did this needs to understand the consequences of their actions.”

The theft happened some time during the night between Friday and Saturday. The wheelchairs had been left in a gap between the hedge and the front step due to lack of storage in the house.

“When I went to let the dogs out in the morning, it was then that I noticed that they were missing,” Brenda continued.

“I checked round the back to see if my daughter had moved them there, but there was no sign of them.”

“We had plans to do things as a family since it is the summer holidays such as going to the safari park and the zoo, but now that is completely out the window.”

Dylan, who will go into primary 3 at Warout Primary after the summer, is dependent on a wheelchair to get to and from school and to attend 
regular hospital appointments.

The wheelchairs were provided through his physiotherapist at NHS Fife and are custom made to fit Dylan.

Brenda says that the family now face an eight-week wait for a new one to arrive.

“I contacted his occupational therapist to see about getting replacement wheelchairs and I was told that we could be waiting up to two months.

“They are specially measured so that they fit Dylan comfortably as he is in them almost all day.

“Dylan is bored. He can’t get out and about like he used to. He is stuck in doors all day now with me.”

She added: “The people responsible have no idea how much they have disrupted Dylan’s, and the rest of the family’s life.

One of the chairs is 
medium-sized, metallic red with spoke wheels, while the other is smaller and black and features distinct yellow wheel discs with large smiley 

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.