Burnaby NewsLeader – Habitat for Humanity’s Burnaby ReStore hit by thieves

Habitat for Humanity’s Burnaby ReStore has been the target of thieves and vandals for the third time in 10 days.

The ReStore, located on Douglas Road, sells donated goods and materials to raise money for Habitat’s affordable housing projects.

The most recent incident Wednesday night saw the culprits target a truck, and making off with tools valued at more than $5,000, said Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, in a press release. In two other break-ins, safety workboots donated donated by a major retailer and wiring was stolen.

Including damage to the property, fencing and gates, the total losses from the three incidents is more than $10,000.

The crimes are disheartening, said Tom Riessner, director of the ReStores. “These materials are donated to us by individuals and companies and ultimately support the work of our volunteers who build homes for partner families.”

The non-profit organization is currently working to complete the sixth and final phase of a townhome development on Government Street in Burnaby, with completion scheduled for early 2013.

“These thefts of materials and tools  at our ReStores will only make it more financially challenging  for the society and for our volunteers to complete these affordable homes for families in time,” Riessner said.

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