$3,000 worth of tools stolen from Habitat for Humanity

2014-08-21T23:45:00Z 2014-08-22T17:24:13Z $3,000 worth of tools stolen from Habitat for HumanityBy NICK BALATSOS nbalatsos@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Habitat for Humanity construction supervisor Steve Coldiron had just left Metra Park on Tuesday — where he was showcasing a house the organization was building — and was headed to the home’s eventual site, at 1121 Jordan Circle.

When he got there, he locked up the organization’s tool trailer, using heavy-duty locks, and headed home for the day.

The next morning, Coldiron received a call from a neighbor, who awoke to find the trailer’s back doors wide open and nobody around. After receiving the call, he rushed over. He couldn’t believe his eyes.

Someone had broken into the trailer overnight, stealing at least $3,000 worth of the organization’s tools, he said.

Among the items missing: cordless drills, compressors, nail guns, batteries, chargers, wrenches and more.

He said it appeared the thief or thieves may have been interrupted. There was a stack of tools toward the end of trailer that looked ready to be unloaded. And some of the more expensive items — like a generator and chop saw — remained.

Coldiron said he called police Wednesday morning and that someone from crime prevention got back to him Thursday, but he’s hoping that someone from the community might have a tip for police.

If anyone has any information about the theft, Coldiron asks that you call police. Crimestoppers,

an anonymous hotline, can be reached at 245-6660.

“It just amazes me that someone would steal for Habitat for Humanity,” Coldiron said.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps provide affordable housing for people with low-income.

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