Break-in at Lawrence Habitat home right before dedication
- on August 31, 2012
Yesterday, I took a tiny field trip to our current build site at 1933 Maple Lane. The reason I rushed out there (in heels, no less) was because our construction manager, Mark, had just called our executive director, Tracie, to let her know there had been a break in.
Someone (or a few people) tried to get into our 80th home just days before its dedication. Once I got to the house, I realized that Habitat homes aren’t exactly easy to break into. Just a testament to our great volunteers led by Mark who build for months to complete a home for a family in need.
The “Habitat home wreckers” (my name for the person, or group of mean people) tried to get into all three windows on the north side of the house with a crowbar. They failed each time. They finally gave up and just broke one of the windows, opened it and crawled into the house.
The “HHW” then went for what is very clearly the laundry room and started busting in the walls. In my opinion, not that I’m a crime spree expert, is that they were going for copper. During my time as a reporter, this happens pretty often, especially in a down economy.
Nothing was taken and no one was hurt (since the family hasn’t moved in yet), but it’s a little disheartening, especially when the house is so close to being done and is set to be dedicated on Saturday.
The dedication will happen as planned, though! And we’re happy to have great volunteers that build homes that are hard to break into!