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Stolen van used to help disabled adults recovered

BAYTOWN, Texas – A van was stolen from a rehabilitation facility that provided job training for people with developmental issues and disabilities was found by police. 

The incident happened Friday morning at the Bay Area Rehabilitation Center in the 5300 block of Decker Drive in Baytown.

"We will just have to buckle down and use some of the reserve funds that we have and get those replaced so I can put those individuals back to work," said Mark Alexander, executive director of organization.

Alexander said one of the organization's four vans was stolen, along with tools used by the organization.

"Blowers, edgers, some air nail guns we use for developing and assembling pallets," Alexander said.

The pallets are sold to area businesses and are built by people with special needs. The blowers and edgers are used by the program, as well, for landscaping jobs through the Opportunity Center Program.

Alexander said whoever broke into the organization's warehouse to steal the van and the tools climbed a fence and squeezed through a small space. He said keys to the van were kept inside the warehouse.

Police said an officer spotted the van Monday morning at a Loves Truck stop at Interstate 10 at Thomas Road in Baytown. There was a lot of evidence left inside the van and will be investigated, police said. 

Police said the stolen tools were not recovered.

Baytown Police Department is investigating the thefts. Bay Area Rehabilitation Center did not have surveillance cameras installed on its campus to identify the theft.

A GoFundMe page was made to help raise money to replace the items.