Cleveland County Habitat For Humanity Trailer Allegedly Stolen Days Before Christmas

Friday, December 25th 2020, 5:48 pm
By: Hunter McKee

Thousands of dollars worth of material was allegedly stolen from a local non-profit.

The Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity’s trailer, which holds most of their equipment to construct homes has gone missing. The organization believes that the theft happened between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

“It was kind of surreal,” said Randy Gardner, President and CEO. “It’s kind of hard to believe, you try to wrap your head around it, but it was just gone.”

The group works to build a new home each year for families throughout the county and this trailer is used at all their construction sites. But without it, CEO and President Randy Gardner said it makes everything more difficult.

“SAWS, drills, and hammers, just about anything you could imagine that would go into a construction project was in there,” said Gardner.

Gardner said the trailer, along with the items inside, cost just over $10,000. They filed a police report on Tuesday and posted pictures of the trailer across social media.

“Our biggest resource has been just reaching out to the public and saying if you see anything just make sure you contact (police),” said Gardner. “Keep trying to direct as much information back to the police department.”

According to the organization, they had already broken ground on a new home. It was set for construction next month. However. Gardner said while this has put them behind schedule, he believes they will find a way to complete the project.

“Gather themselves together to get all of this material together, so we can get back on track,” said Gardner. “We’re going to persevere, we’re still going to build that house.”

If you have any information, you are asked to call police.