Tools taken from latest Habitat home: police

GLOVERSVILLE – The city Police Department is investigating the theft of about $700 worth of equipment that was being used at the Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County site in the city, authorities said.

Capt. John Sira said the department had a report of tools stolen from a contractor who was working at the Habitat for Humanity construction site.

An orange Bostitch framing nailer, a black pancake compressor and a Delta chop saw were stolen, he said. The items have an estimated total value of $700, Sira said.

He said the theft occurred at the Bloomingdale Avenue site sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. An exact date is unknown because work primarily takes place on Saturdays, Sira said, when volunteers are available.

Sira said witnesses living in the area provided no leads or information about a possible suspect at this time and no arrest has been made.

Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County spokeswoman Ruth Mandato said the items were typically stored in the basement. The back door was not installed, which allowed someone to enter the structure and take the items, she said.

“We are helping someone that is down and out. I don’t understand why someone would do something like this to people that are working hard,” Mandato said.

She said the group plans to continue the construction Saturday.

The local Habitat for Humanity is currently working at the site of its ninth and newest project. The house is being built on donated land and is designed to be a one story, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was customized to meet the needs of the partner family.

Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers and donations to renovate and build houses and offers no-interest mortgages for low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a traditional mortgage.

If anyone from the public has any information regarding the theft or the whereabouts of the items they are advised to call Detective Sgt. Mike Jory at 773-4569.