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Generator Stolen From Wallace Family Home

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After a derecho struck West Virginia in June 2012, hundreds of families invested in generators as a way to prevent week-long power outages from ever affecting them again.

The Wilderson family in Wallace, Harrison County was one of those families.  But last week, the family learned it was human nature, not mother nature, that left them in the dark.

"I may as well live in Baltimore city," said Susan Wilderson, who's generator went missing last week. 

Wilderson said she discovered her generator was stolen last week, and she believes the person or people responsible aren't from out of town. 

"Most of the people that live around here are good people and don't steal. They try to look out for each other but there are a few bad apples in this neighborhood and a drug scene going on," said Susan Wilderson, who's generator went missing about a week ago.

She believes drugs are to blame.

"I don't think it was the train conductor that stopped and took it," Wilderson said. 

Susan Wilderson said she believes someone pulled up to her house, came through an unlocked fence door, took her generator and left.  

The family lost power this week and was forced to stay in a hotel overnight. But Susan Wilderson said that's not what upsets her the most.

"It's one thing to steal from me, you don't steal from old people who need things," Susan Wilderson said. 

Her mom, Dale Wilderson, became partially paralyzed after a stroke more than 30 years ago. She gets around the house with her motor scooter. 

"She can't do anything with out her motor scooter chair. We needed that to charge her motor scooter chair," Susan Wilderson said.

"I'm very mad, very mad," said Dale Wilderson.

Dale Wilderson also said she was hurt that a neighbor, or someone she knows, is likely to be responsible.

"Better not come here, we'll shoot 'em," Dale Wilderson said. 

Susan Wilderson said she is willing to forget the whole thing if her generator returns. 

"I would be happy to wake up, I don't care if my generator is sitting in the street. I would like my generator back because my mother needs it," Susan Wilderson said.