Crime & Courts

Police: Habitat for Humanity home broken into, tools stolen

McHENRY – The garage of a nearly completed Habitat for Humanity house was broken into sometime this past week and about $3,500 worth of power tools and compressors were stolen, police said.

A family was set to move in at the end of August but that date will likely have to be pushed back a week or so, Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County Executive Director Jerry Monica said.

Purchasing new tools and waiting for the insurance to go through will cause a more significant delay of at least a few weeks at the next house the nonprofit has lined up, he said. Volunteers have finished removing everything they plan on replacing and were set to start construction once this house was done.

The break-in at 1912 Lakewood Ave. occurred sometime between about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when volunteers wrapped up work and Wednesday morning when they showed up to continue work, McHenry Deputy Chief John Birk said.

Construction thefts at unoccupied houses are fairly common, he said.

A variety of power tools and compressors, many of industrial quality, were taken from the garage, Monica said. Other less expensive tools weren’t taken.

The house itself sustained little damage, he said. Only the back door to the garage had its latch pried off.

“It’s a big disappointment,” Monica said. “We keep a bunch in the signs [identifying the house as being affiliated with Habitat for Humanity]. We have a big Habitat flag flying in the front yard. Whoever did it knew it was us.”

The case has been assigned to an investigator and is being looked into, Birk said.

To help

For information about Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County, go to www.habitatmchenry.org or contact its office at 815-759-9002.

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