Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2013
Tool theft delays Sacramento Habitat for Humanity project

Construction of a new home for a needy family has been delayed following the recent theft of equipment from a Sacramento Habitat for Humanity job site.

The tools, valued at more than $2,800, were taken from a locked storage container on property at 1017 Frienza Ave. in North Sacramento sometime between Feb. 2 and Feb. 5. They included a yellow 6000W generator valued at $2,100, a skill saw, a cordless drill set and various other items.

Laine Himmelmann, development coordinator, said the tools were stored on site because they were needed in construction work over the next two weeks. Someone broke the lock, which was concealed inside a metal chamber on the front exterior of the container, to steal the tools.

Himmelmann said a residence on the property had been demolished, and the container was behind a locked temporary fence.

"We had just purchased the generator," Himmelmann said, adding that the staff is trying to figure out how to replace the stolen items so work on the project can proceed.

Habitat for Humanity's mission is to build affordable homes in partnership with families in need and is supported locally by volunteers, faith-based organizations, individual donors and corporations. The organization currently has three active construction projects, Himmelmann said.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 264-5471. To assist in replacing the equipment, call Sacramento Habitat for Humanity at (916) 440-1215.

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