Stolen Medical Vest Needed to Help Teen Breathe Found Tossed Out of Vehicle

Stolen Medical Vest Needed to Help Teen Breathe Found Tossed Out of Vehicle

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A recent burglary left a teen girl without her medical vest needed to assist her breathing, but due to her mother’s persistence and community support it has been located.

On July 12, 2019, Allissa’s father returned to his home in the Town of Apple Valley to find that his home had been burglarized. As he looked around to see what was missing he found that a lot of valuable and personal identifying items were stolen. These items included laptops, a passport, and other important documents on a laptop. The most important thing stolen was Allissa’s Respirtech InCourage Airway Clearance Vest machine. Allissa has Cystic Fibrosis and this machine is needed in order to assist in sustaining her life and her quality of life, her mother said. 


On July 13, 2019, a woman contacted Mary, Allissa’s mother through Facebook Messenger telling her that she had the vest. Never clarifying how she gained possession of the stolen vest, and Mary just happy that she found the important piece of medical equipment never asked. The woman told Mary to meet her in a specific place near her home and told her to hurry because she left her son alone at the house. She mentioned not wanting authorities involved, but being that it was late and in a higher-crime area, near Hesperia Road and C Street, Mary called the Sheriff’s department for an escort to the area. When Mary got there, no one was there. She immediately began contacting the woman, but she did not reply for hours. Finally, Mary posted her profile photo and information about what happened on Facebook.  


The woman was made aware of the posting and got in contact with Mary, who begged her to just leave the machine somewhere and let her know where after. The woman agreed to but did not.


On Monday, July 15, 2019, at around 11:56 a.m., deputies responded to a call reporting possibly stolen property in the 16700 block of Forrest Avenue. The caller reported that two small suitcases had been thrown out a vehicle. “Information written on the cases lead the caller to believe they may contain the breathing machine belonging to a 14-year old Apple Valley girl, which had been stolen during a residential burglary on July 12, 2019,” Victorville Sheriff’s Department officials said. 


When they arrived they learned that the cases contained the breathing machine. Authorities said that the machine will be returned to Allissa. The incident remains under investigation, and all information/leads received will be investigated in order to charge the suspect(s) responsible for the burglary. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Deputy J. Carroll or Deputy M. Lee at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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