Thieves steal from Habitat for Humanity home site

Thieves steal from Habitat for Humanity home site

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 6:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Habitat for Humanity works hard to help build homes for families in need, but it was the non-profit organization that found itself in need of help after thieves stole from a future home site.

"There's no mistaking: it’s a Habitat site; our signs are there," said Phil Price with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.
 
This Habitat home on Hemphill Street is one step from having the framing complete-- it just needs a roof.
 
 “We had gotten held up by the rain, so we didn't get to put it on when we wanted to," said site supervisor, Josh Turner.
 
And then on Tuesday, someone stole the 54 bundles of shingles, estimated at about $1500 and enough for a complete roof, right off the clearly marked construction site.
 
 "It happens from time to time, and every time it happens we just drop our heads and think, ‘come on people,’" said Prince.
 
About a month in the works, Habitat officials say the family moving in has been hard at work with volunteers and friends, putting in sweat equity.
 
"The family whose home was to be roofed by these shingles is a really hard-working, deserving family that came here from Southeast Asia. They're working so hard on their own home," said Prince.
 
Habitat crews say it's not the first time they've had supplies stolen from a site, but each time it impacts not just that current home but future projects as well.
 
"If something is stolen from the site, first of all there's cost; we have to buy the materials, or sometimes they're donated, but they have to be replaced and that puts production back," said Prince.
 
More than just the supplies , Habitat workers say it's sad to see people take from a group who’s working hard to give back to families and neighborhoods in need.
 
"It's always a bummer when something gets stolen. It's kinda a fact of life, but you wish people wouldn't steal from a non- profit if they're going to steal," said Turner.
 
Since new singles were donated by ABC Siding Company, they hope to get the roof finished on Saturday and the family should be able to move in by May.
 
Habitat Charlotte is also celebrating its 30th anniversary and building 1200 homes in Charlotte in that time.

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