Just as finishing touches were being made to the newest house to be built through the Chillicothe Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity last week, the organization was surprised to learn that its equipment trailer and new house had been broken into and a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment that was used to build the house had been stolen.

Just as finishing touches were being made to the newest house to be built through the Chillicothe Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity last week, the organization was surprised to learn that its equipment trailer and new house had been broken into and a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment that was used to build the house had been stolen. The house, located at 1306 McNally, was dedicated and presented to its new homeowner during a ceremony Sunday afternoon. What should have been a joyous occasion for the organization marking completion of its 17th house, the day was marked by sadness and disappointment when Tony Figg, Habitat for Humanity board member, announced that the equipment had been stolen. “Last week, somebody helped themselves to our trailer and some of the stuff in our house,” he told the group that was gathered for the ceremony. “They broke in and stole a lot of our tools.” Among the missing items were a lot of the organization’s hand tools, miter saws, cordless drills, corded tools, pneumatic nailers and a new air compressor. “It was the stuff we use to build a house,” Figg said. “I can’t think of anything that was taken that we can live without. Everything that was taken has to be replaced. We don’t have a choice.” Some of Figg’s personal tools used for house construction also were taken. Both the trailer and the house were locked. “It took me awhile to accept that someone would do that to us,” he told the group. “It has been a difficult week. It has been hard to find something positive to say.” He asked for prayers of support. “We hope the law enforcement folks, the Chillicothe Police Department, can bring the folks to justice and we can get our stuff back. That’s what we really hope for.” The theft was discovered and reported to police around 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.