The Sun: Tools and equipment valued at $20,000 stolen from South County Habitat for Humanity
September 26, 2018 04:41PM
CHARLESTOWN — South County Habitat for Humanity is conducting an emergency fundraiser following the theft of $20,000 worth of tools and equipment from a construction trailer at a building site in Exeter.
The theft occurred between Monday evening and Tuesday morning when the trailer was broken into, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. Habitat had recently started construction of a duplex home in Exeter and the theft was discovered when crews showed up to work on the house.
Habitat for Humanity said the theft not only causes a financial burden but also creates a delay in construction of the home for two families in need of housing.
“It's very disheartening when something like this happens,” said Colin Penney, executive director of the South County group. “It makes a tremendous impact on our efforts of helping families find affordable housing in the area. It's hard to build a house without any tools or equipment for our volunteers to use, but we are focused on minimizing the delay and impact on these two families that the house is for.”
Courtesy of The Westerly Sun