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Habitat for Humanity Hampered by Theft

(Michigan City) - LaPorte’s Habitat for Humanity organization is trying to recover from a robbery of their tools. 


It happened sometime over the weekend at their job site at Tryon and Hobart Streets on Michigan City’s northeast side. One home there has just been completed, and another is now underway.


When volunteers arrived Monday, they found their two work trailers open and mostly empty. Amanda Linnenburger coordinates volunteers for the local Habitat group. She says about 35 tools were stolen. "Basically everything was taken," she says. "The only thing they left was some boxes of nails and stuff like that. And our insurance deductible is so high... so we're just looking for donations of tools.


Linnenburger says over 25,000 people saw her Facebook post about the incident shortly after posting. Hundreds of dollars and a few tools have come in, but the group is a long way from recovering their losses.


With their current project, organizers hoped to have a family in a new home by October; now that deadline is in jeopardy.


Anyone with money or tools to donate can call Habitat for Humanity at 219-290-6024.

Anyone with info on the crime should call the police department.


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