A child's customised wheelchair was in the boot of a car that was stolen in Skerries, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Friday.
Gardaí are investigating after the silver Mercedes estate with registration plate 12 D 55188 was taken from outside a house at about 3.25am on Friday.
Lorraine Dempsey, spokeswoman for the Special Needs Parents Association, said a customised wheelchair belonging to a child "was in the boot [of the car] and [the] family desperately need it back".
Ms Dempsey urged anyone with information about the incident to contact gardaí.
A Garda spokesman confirmed to The Irish Times that car keys and a number of other items were taken from a house and a car parked nearby was subsequently driven off.