Thieves target charity's build site of 29 homes for copper

Habitat for Humanity Toronto faces the second of two break-ins in one week at their Kingston Road site

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Between the hours of 5:00pm yesterday evening and 7:00am this morning, thieves broke into Habitat for Humanity Toronto's 4572 Kingston Road build site and stole over $1,000 worth of copper wiring from two units being built for families living in need.  This is the second break-in the charity has had to face this week along with this past weekend's robbery of electrical wiring and copper piping in six other units under construction.  

Despite Habitat Toronto keeping a locked and well-lit fenced in site, locking all homes, and even boarding up all windowed doors, thieves broke in through basement windows. "We are doing everything we can to keep this site secure from thieves," says the Habitat for Humanity Toronto's CEO Neil Hetherington. Habitat Toronto has reported the robberies to Toronto Police 43 Division and given police a tape of the thieves caught on a neighbour's security camera.

Mr. Hetherington is not only concerned about continuing to keep the build site safe, but is now faced with expenses the burglaries have placed on the organization. "Not only have these robberies cost the organization almost $3,000 in materials and repairs, but they will also alter our building schedule and thus affect our daily volunteers who are working hard to make sure these homes are ready for 29 hardworking families this spring." Habitat Toronto estimates that these robberies have added an additional week or more onto their build schedule.

The organization is aware of similar crimes in the area and in the west end of the city (Toronto Star article "Copper thieves cash in on high market price" published Tuesday February 15 2011). "We know we're not the only ones that have faced these types of burglaries in the city with the value of copper being so high right now. It is sad however that they are preying on the most vulnerable," says Habitat Toronto's Site Superintendent Brian Thornton. "This means that after we spend the time and funds on repairing these homes, we might be faced with this same crime again."  

Please visit www.torontohabitat.ca for more information on Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Toronto

For further information:

Neil Hetherington      
Chief Executive Officer      
Habitat for Humanity Toronto    
office: (416) 755-7353 ext 223 cell: 416-436-4190   
neil@torontohabitat.on.ca     
www.torontohabitat.ca                 
Joanna M. Dwyer
Acting Director, Marketing & Communications
Habitat for Humanity Toronto
office:(416) 755-7353, ext. 228 cell: 416-436-4790
jdwyer@torontohabitat.on.ca

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