Pensacola Habitat for Humanity staff arrived to work Friday morning to discover that several of their work trucks had been broken into and many tools that are used to build homes for local families were stolen.
The nonprofit organization is asking the community for assistance in recovering the stolen tools taken, valued at approximately $3,000. A majority of the heisted tools were purchased from the IMPACT 100 grant that Pensacola Habitat was recently awarded. Included in the list of heisted tools is a Stihl chainsaw, Husqvarna Chainsaw, Craftsman Trimmer, a pneumatic nailer, drills, gas cans, batteries, and others.
“Being a nonprofit, when things like this happen, it not only affects us as an organization but our community as a whole. Losing these tools will impact our building process and the time that it will take for some of our partner families to move into their affordable homes.” explained Crystal Scott, Director of Resource Development at Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
Authorities are investigating the break-in and following up on leads. Pensacola Habitat is asking the community to keep an eye out on places like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and at local pawn shops where stolen goods are often sold. Anyone with any information regarding the theft is being asked to contact the Escambia County Sherriff’s Office with any information.