Suburban teen’s bionic arm reportedly stolen; Family seeks help getting it back

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The family of a teen in Aurora is asking for help in finding a very important and very expensive body part – the teen’s bionic arm.

Sam Luther was born without the lower portion of his left arm. About a year ago, he was outfitted with a $100,000 dollar bionic prosthetic.

The arm was most likely stolen on a trip to Chicago about 10 days ago.

The battery ran out in the arm and Sam took the 8 lb bionic arm off and laid it in the car at his feet.

"It's like stealing a wheelchair from a paraplegic,” Sam’s father Derrick said. “I mean, why would you do that? You're stealing a prosthetic device from a child that was born without a left hand. Why?”

In an effort to find it, the family retraced their steps last Saturday, From Sam's visit to a modeling shoot at a studio on Elston to modeling classes on Halsted to lunch at a Subway restaurant.

They also visited the Pilsen neighborhood and where there was an apparent arm sighting on the same day it was taken. The was a report of a man brandishing it as a weapon in a street-fight.

“i'd rather have it on my body than anyone getting hurt with it,” Sam said. "It's a bummer, but that's life. Things get stolen. But this thing I really need back, cause i like it a lot."

The family admits they had trouble locking the car doors that day and that someone may have taken advantage of that.

The family is offering a reward for the arm's return. Contact police of the family at 630-907-1790.

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