Thieves hit Habitat build

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Habitat for Humanity home that was move-in ready was hit by thieves.

Executive Director Monica Craven said a completed Habitat house on Rutledge Drive on the city’s East Side was the target of thieves last week as the house stood empty waiting for new occupants.

The house had just been finished and awaiting landscape work when thieves broke in and took all the appliance, carpeting, interior doors and a steel entry door. The estimated loss is about $5,000.

Craven said that while the theft is a setback financially, it’s hits the volunteers who worked on the home the hardest.

“It was beautiful, it was perfect. Now we have to go back. It will take about two weeks to get it up and running,” said Craven. “It’s an unfortunate circumstance. The morale of the volunteers that worked so hard and now they have to come back and work some more.”

Craven said the house had sat empty for a short time because the family that was approved for the house could not move in and they were in the process of approving another recipient.

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