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Habitat for Humanity home damaged by burglar in Waterbury

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More than $1,000 in damage from a burglar was done to a Habitat for Humanity home in Waterbury, according to organizers.

The home on Berkeley Avenue had just finished a months-long rehabilitation process.

Police said the homeowners were just about to get the keys when the damage was noticed.

"I just feel good that we were not moved in yet," said the new homeowner, whom wished to remain anonymous.

The homeowner said the ordeal was being taken in stride.

Disappointment was the feeling.

The homeowner said move-in day was supposed to be last Friday.

However, the burglar struck on Oct. 21 and destroyed parts of the home.

As a result, the family has had to wait even longer.

"We've had over a 150 volunteers in this home doing some kind of work," said Keith Weston, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury. "To me, it's an affront on all that hard work."

Habitat organizers estimated more than $1,000 in damage.

They said there was a broken rear door along with damage to electrical service and the alarm system.

"I think because of the houses that we work on being vacant, I guess we're more susceptible," Weston said.

Weston said that wasn't the only house burglarized around Oct. 21. The home next door, along with another across the street, were also hit.

Rebecca Light said she returned home on that date to find someone had found a way inside.

"[I] came in the house [and] realized my back door was open," she told Eyewitness News. "My outside door was open."

A computer and watch were taken. She said her piece of mind was also shattered.

"We spent a couple of days not wanting to leave the house," Light said.

She said she felt that her neighbors have been more watchful in light of the burglaries.

Several other Waterbury Habitat homes, or ones it was about to receive, were also recently burglarized.

Police suggested that Habitat officials notify officers before building so more patrols can be sent.

Those officials said they plan to do so.

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