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Habitat falls victim to more crime

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Campbell County Habitat for Humanity has fallen victim to thieves for the second time in as many months.

On April 27 volunteers returned from a lunch break to find thieves had cleaned out the supply of tools at the site of the group’s latest project in the Davis Chapel community.

Don Smith, treasurer of the local Habitat affiliate, said the tools had been left in the locked crawl space for the short time the house was left unattended.

“The timing had to be absolutely perfect,” Smith said speculating that those responsible for the break-in must have been watching the site in anticipation of an opportunity gain access to the property.

While the group continues labor on house number 25 the absence of essential tools including the stolen compressor, nail gun, chop saw, Sawzall and drill have made progress much more difficult.

“They (the thieves) have reduced us to building a house with a hammer and skill saw,” Smith said of the Habitat’s current situation.

While replacing the nearly $2,000 in tools may be necessary if local law enforcement is unable to recover them, doing so will create a financial burden for the organization.

“If we replace the stuff that’s money that could have been used to build a house,” Smith explained.

After experiencing another burglary in March, Smith said it is hard not to feel discouraged.

“We (Habitat volunteers) are trying to help people in this community and they (thieves) are making it so much harder for us to do that,” Smith said.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) is currently investigating both burglaries. 

Persons with information regarding these crimes are encouraged to contact the CCSD.

 

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