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Patriots Fan To Get New Wheelchair After Hers Disappeared During Playoff Game

FOXBORO (CBS) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has offered to buy a woman a new wheelchair after hers went missing from Gillette Stadium during Saturday's playoff game.

Cindy Morais of Providence has been a Patriots season ticket holder for the last six years.

Cindy Morais
Cindy Morais (WBZ-TV)

Despite the fact she has Cerebral Palsy she makes the trek to Foxboro for every home game, sitting in the upper deck of the stadium.

On Saturday night, she followed her usual routine and left her wheelchair underneath the stairs of section 304 before heading to her seat. "It's the loudest section, I call that the penthouse," Cindy told WBZ-TV.

When the game was over Morais and her friends couldn't find it. The chair was gone.

"Honestly, at first, we couldn't wrap our heads around that. Who goes and steals someone else's wheelchair? DId someone think this would be a fun joke to play on someone? Did anyone see the chair get taken?" Morais' friend Samantha Medeiros wrote in a Facebook post.

UPDATED!!*** 1/15 First of all Cindy Morais and I would like to thank everyone who shared and/or commented on this...

Posted by Samantha Medeiros on Sunday, January 14, 2018

They alerted stadium security, who helped with the search, but they came up empty.

"Maybe whoever took my chair needed it more than I did, that thought did cross my mind," Cindy said. "But I came to the conclusion that it was someone who maybe had a little too much to drink."

On Monday, Gillette Stadium security told Medeiros the wheelchair was found near section 335, on the opposite side of the stadium. Kraft called Cindy to tell her the team is still buying her a customized chair. Kraft also gave Cindy field passes to Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

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