ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Five homes currently under construction in the Carondelet Neighborhood, south of downtown will remain unfinished after thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of tools needed to complete the homes.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kimberly McKinney said on two separate occasions thieves broke into a trailer and a metal roll-off on the work site near the corner of Michigan and Schirmer and took more than $13,000 worth of tools, including power tools.
In addition, McKinney said repairs to the storage trailer and roller-off are estimated to cost $1,500 or more.
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is appealing to neighbors to be more vigilant if they see or hear anything suspicious. Habitat is looking for information related to the break-ins. Anyone with information on the thefts should call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
Habitat also is appealing to the construction community and general public to help replace the stolen items to keep the Build on schedule.The organization depends on donations to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. Monetary donations can also be made on Habitat for Humanity’s website, www.habitatstl.org. Donations of new tools can be made by calling (314) 371-0400.
This Saturday, May 11th, more than 60 women volunteers will be helping build these 5 houses in the Carondelet Neighborhood as part of the Women Build program in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Habitat has just completed the blitz phase of the 5-house build. The houses are still expected to be completed in October. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis built 5 additional houses in the neighborhood last year.