Thieves steal materials worth thousands of dollars from Habitat for Humanity construction site in Sacramento – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Habitat For Humanity is looking for four men who looted their construction site off Power Inn Road.
The organization is building a 13-home housing estate for single mothers and low-income families in the area, and this latest robbery is not the first time the site has been targeted.
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In the latest incident, four men disguised as construction workers were captured on video transporting siding sheets in two trucks after breaking into the site.
“You just feel, what’s wrong with humanity that they’re doing this?” said Jim Kurts, a volunteer team leader.
Kurts and the charity’s CEO, Leah Miller, discovered the materials were missing on Wednesday morning – $6,000 worth of siding was missing.
“One of these sheets is about – I think $80 a sheet,” Kurts said.
The 13-home project is expected to be completed in the fall.
Miller says the site has already been targeted.
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“Over the past year, we have filed more than 12 reports [Sacramento police] for theft or attempted theft,” she said.
Miller says windows were stolen from homes on the far end of the project. They’ve lost lumber and building materials, and a truck stolen from a team member’s driveway was found just two weeks ago. The transmission had been stripped and the catalytic converter had been swept as well.
“In total, we lost about $30,000 in materials,” Miller said.
Kurts said that a loss of $30,000 will have no impact on this particular project, but this could delay the construction of future homes.
“We end up having to raise more funds for the next project because we’re losing on this project,” he said.
The challenge now is to stay one step ahead of the raiders. This means only delivering materials when crews are on site and not leaving any materials outside overnight, even if the doors are locked.
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“I can’t help but think there’s going to be some kind of karma coming back,” Miller said.