Thieves ripped off thousands of dollars in tools from a non-profit’s job site in Norwich.
While police search for the tools, Habitat for Humanity continues its mission.
Habitat’s headquarters serves all of eastern Connecticut, building affordable housing for those who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
A reconstruction phase in Norwich took a set-back last week when thieves broke into the non-profit’s trailer and walked off with $4,000 in power tools.
"We have it secured better now but, hindsight…” said Dino Tudisca, who is the construction manager, adding that the thieves pulled off the heist in broad daylight as cars drove by the site on Washington Street.
“Cordless, drills, drivers, saws-all, corded saws-alls. All the stuff they could get their hands on and our big air compressor,” Tudisca said.
Norwich police are investigating, and luckily each tool is coded, tagged and marked and can be identified at pawn shops.
For now, the volunteer craftsmen can’t finish the job, and paying the insurance deductible takes funding away that the non-profit could use toward buying doors or windows for the house.
Habitat got its hands on the property on Washington Street thanks to a bank, who sat on it for six years.
Habitat crews started the project last October and spent the winter gutting the inside, and as the weather breaks, they were starting to move quickly on finishing it when the theft took place.
"We don't want to slow down the project, but it has slowed us down,” Tudisca said.
Some suppliers have come forward and already donated tools to replace those taken.
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