SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (11/28/2017) Habitat for Humanity is currently trying to bounce back after thousands of dollars of their property were stolen, leaving them without some of their most important supplies.
At least three unidentified suspects were able to get away with a Habitat for Humanity truck and trailer full of tools after they stole it right off the charity's property around 10:00 Friday evening.
"The tools alone were almost $13,000 after doing some research on what was in there. The trailer was about $3,500 and the truck, the value, we're not really sure, so the total was about 20 to 25 grand," said Mark Murphy, the Construction Director for Habitat for Humanity.
However the loss is far more than just monetary as the stolen truck and trailer are a critical part of the charity's neighborhood revitalization project that serves to make home repairs and build new homes for low-income families.
The stolen truck and tools were specifically being used to service those in the woodland heights neighborhood. However, now the charity is having to readjust.
"People on the waiting list in that neighborhood are going to be waiting longer now due to the fact that our production is going to slow way down until we can replace or recover these items," said Murphy.
Habitat is remaining hopeful that the stolen property will be recovered, but in the meantime plans are underway to make sure incidents like this don't happen again.
"If someone wants to steal stuff, they're going to find a way, I guess, but we're going to find a way to eliminate that in the future," said Murphy.
The charity is also asking for the community to help aid in their search, offering $1,000 reward to anyone who helps them locate the missing 1997 Blue Chevy Silverado Extended Cab with plates 6X12CG and white trailer with Habitat for Humanity logos on the side.
Habitat has filed a police report and is continuing to work with the Springfield Police Department to locate the stolen items and identify the suspects. However, if you have any information, you can contact the Springfield Police at (417)-864-1810.