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Thousands of dollars in tools stolen from Dubuque Habitat for Humanity site

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Volunteers are hard at work building the frame of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Dubuque.

But, the project is off to a rough start.

"Friday morning they were up here and noticed the tool trailer door was halfway open...that shouldn't be," said Jim Schmidt of the Dubuque/Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity.

Nearly $2,500 worth of tools were stolen. Tools needed to start building this three bedroom home.

Project leaders say they had to be taken some time between Thursday and Friday morning. "There was a compound miter saw, cordless drills, other saws, hammers, you  know, just tools," added Schmidt.

The family moving into the home say the good work that's being done is overshadowed by the theft. "It's a shame that when people, every time somebody helps, not even just this...certain things going on in the world, every time someone tries to lay a hand,  somebody's always there to mess something up or take something away. It's just ridiculous," said Laparis Owen.

But they're not letting the thief throw a wrench in their plans. "We did have to go out and buy some more tools right away, because we had a lot of people coming today. We had twenty people coming today to start construction and we needed tools," Schmidt said.

At last check, no arrests have been made.

Habitat for Humanity says they had to spend over $750 to get new tools. As a non-profit, they say that's unfortunate.

To find out how you can help with the cause, visit: http://habitatdubuque.org/

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