Henderson Habitat for Humanity keeps working as theft investigation continues

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As Henderson Police continue searching for suspects who stole tools from Henderson’s Habitat for Humanity, volunteers continue building a new home.

The theft is just the latest at local businesses.

Their tools are missing, but their drive to build new homes keeps going.

“We’re not going to stop. We can’t people like this think they can slow us down. We’re going to continue,” says Larry McDowell of Henderson Habitat for Humanity. He also says insurance will cover the cost of replacing lost tools.

Volunteers discovered the theft this past Tuesday. McDowell says the tools were valued at a total of more than $5,000. McDowell says local businesses offered donations.

“We have businesses calling us saying, ‘What do you need? What can we do?’ We tell them, ‘As far as the tools, we’re in good shape. But if you want to donate something, it’s going to be for the security system,” he says.

Henderson Police say the theft follows burglaries at two other businesses the past two months, one at Brann’s Plumbing, the other at Preferred Tank and Tower, where investigators say tools were also reported stolen. Lt. Jason Hargett says they’re still determining if all three were done by the same people.

“We know that there are some similiarities in some of the other cases, but to say that they’re connected, we’re not comfortable saying that just yet at this time,” says Lt. Hargett.

Habitat volunteers are not letting the tool theft stop work on a new house on Collier Avenue.

“We did have some tools still in the shop that we’ll  be able to survive with, but we were still short tools this morning for the crew. But we still went ahead Tuesday and today and did some work. And Collier’s is within 30 days of Being dedicated,” says McDowell.

HPD says they do have surveillance video from the thefts at Brann’s and Preferred Tank and Tower. But the suspects are so well covered it’s difficult to even determine a gender.

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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2019)

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