HOLDEN, Maine — Just as the construction season is getting under way, Habit for Humanity of Greater Bangor was struck by a burglar or burglars who reportedly made off with about $3,000 in tools being stored in a work trailer at the organization’s Holden site.
The thefts occurred sometime between November and Monday, when they were discovered, Operations Manager Amanda Charette said in a brief telephone interview late Monday afternoon.
During the winter, Charette said, Habitat keeps its trailer and tools in a warehouse off Route 1A. She said the trailer was locked and parked in an area of the warehouse where the rear of the trailer was not easily seen from the front and sides of the building.
The inventory of missing tools includes pass loader guns, air compressors, hammers, drills and other tools and accessories.
The burglary was discovered after the trailer was moved from Holden to the Penobscot Plaza in Bangor in anticipation of a construction project.
“We are unsure as to when this could have occurred as the trailer was parked in the warehouse which is accessible to customers when the store is open, and at sometimes due to the number of volunteers on any particular day, we may only have just one person tending to the store and warehouse,” Charette wrote in an email to area media outlets.
“I have worked very hard to expand our services and our building capacity for this community and am saddened and discouraged that this could have happened to us,” she said. “This is just a speed bump in the road and will not stop us from our mission of building decent and affordable homes for families in need.”
Anyone with information about the thefts should call the Holden Police Department at 843-5442, Sgt. Eugene Fizzel said Monday.