Thieves steal $75,000 worth of tools from Habitat build site

A Habitat for Humanity trailer (Credit: Facebook)

ST. LOUIS ( – Cold-hearted thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of tools from a Habitat for Humanity trailer in south St. Louis.

The home is being built as part of KMOV’s annual Home for the Holidays project - an effort that brings together the Habitat organization and volunteers to put a roof over a needy family. This year’s recipient is a hard-working mother and her two children.

The organization said the tools were reported stolen Monday morning from Vermont Avenue, in St. Louis’ Patch Neighborhood.

"It really has everything we need to frame the house,” said Kyle Hunsberger with Habitat. “We have nail guns and a lot of cordless tools, circular saws, cordless impact drivers and all the other stuff; fasteners, and screws and nails."

At 4pm Monday the trailer was recovered at the corner of Iowa and Gasconade. Officials with Habitat for Humanity say about $15,000 worth of power tools are missing.

"It's kind of hard to miss, our logo is pretty large and pretty blue and green and has people with a roof over it because that's what we do is put roofs over people's heads," said Kimberly McKinney, with Habitat.

"When I was growing up you could leave your doors open and go somewhere, come back and stuff is still there, you can't do that now,” said Shirley Hill, a neighbor.

Habitat is looking for help; both by finding the people who stole the equipment and with donations to replace what they lost.

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