TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Between the hours of 4:00pm on Monday November 24 and 7:00am on Tuesday November 25, a Skid Steer valued at over $35,000 was stolen from Habitat for Humanity GTA's 18-home build site on Torbram Road. This is the second robbery the charity has had to face since the Thanksgiving long weekend in October, where offenders gained entry on site, and stole a number of items including tools and generators cumulatively worth $20,000. Habitat GTA has reported and submitted video surveillance of the most recent theft taken from a neighbour's security camera to Peel Region Police where this is now an ongoing investigation.
"Each of these incidents has a material impact on our mission of building homes for hardworking low-income families", says Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat GTA. "Over $50,000 of stolen equipment is a huge loss for us. The concern is not only the loss of the materials, but importantly how these break-ins impact our volunteers building Habitat homes and our partner families who are looking forward to moving into these homes next spring." These thefts will be difficult for the charity to overcome, but they are not alone. In fact, according to a recent article in the Globe and Mail by Dakshana Bascaramurty, thefts from construction sites are becoming commonplace and are more prevalent in suburban cities and towns surrounding Toronto, such as Brampton.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies at Torbram Road is asked to contact Constable Darren Hunter (Badge # 3320) of the Peel Region Police. 905-453-2121
Please visit habitatgta.ca for more information on Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area.
SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity GTA
For further information: For additional information or media requests, please contact: Joanna M. Dwyer, Director, Marketing & Communications, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, C: 416-277-3064 | T: 416-755-7353 ext. 259 | E: Joanna.Dwyer@habitatgta.ca