More than $13,000 worth of tools stolen from St. Louis Habitat for Humanity build site

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by KMOV.com Staff / Ray Preston

KMOV.com

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 8:06 PM

(KMOV.com) – Habitat For Humanity officials are reeling after a pair of thefts from a trailer on the the current construction site in the Carondelet neighborhood.

The trailers were located on the corner of Michigan and Schirmer, and was used as tool storage for the build.

According to Habitat St. Louis Director of Construction Kyle Hunsberger, thieves struck the trailer and a nearby cargo container once on April 27 and again Thursday night into Friday morning.

Hunsberger estimates the value of the tools as more than $13,000, and possibly as much as $18,000. Additionally, the damage to the trailer and cargo container is estimated to be $1,500.

Officials say the thieves knew what they were doing, targeting high-dollar items for maximum value.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is appealing to neighbors to be more vigilant if they see or hear anything suspicious, as well as asking the community to keep an eye out for the tools as they are all marked HFH STL.

Anyone with information on the thefts should call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

Habitat had just completed the blitz phase of the five-house build in the Carondelet Neighborhood. The houses were expected to be completed in October.

The organization is appealing to the construction community and general public to help replace the stolen items to keep the Build on schedule.  Monetary donations can be made on Habitat for Humanity’s website, www.habitatstl.org. Donations of new tools can be made by calling (314) 371-0400.

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