“It was a total shock, I was just gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe it.He said he reckoned the doors were probably “down to order for somewhere in France or Spain or England”.
Claude Villeneuve had barn two barn walls stolen earlier this week. (Radio-Canada)
Villeneuve estimates the thieves made off with about $2,000 worth of wood. He said he’s been approached several times by prospective buyers interested in the planks that compose the sides his barn. He had always rebuffed them, given that his farm still makes used of the barn to store hay. But now Villeneuve is considering taking down what remains of the barn to salvage the wood. “At least they left me one wall,” he said, laughing.
WINTER GARDEN —
Winter Garden police say they arrested a man accused of breaking into a West Orange Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Dillard Street.
Volunteers found the store ransacked Wednesday morning. The cash register was smashed, but police said there was no money inside, as the cash drawer had been taken out before the store closed for the night. However, police said the change was taken from a tip jar.
It was discovered a business next to Habitat for Humanity had their surveillance cameras stolen, but not before recording the suspect.
During the investigation, the stolen camera was recovered inside Habitat for Humanity, along with other items left behind by the suspect. Detectives recognized the suspect as 49-year-old Johnny Wayne Smith.
Detectives made contact with Smith at his home where he was arrested. While at his home, detectives recognized several items in his yard that matched the stolen property from Habitat for Humanity.
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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