Sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, thieves broke into a Habitat for Humanity trailer and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools.
The incident happened on Clay Street between Center Street and Collins Road in Richmond.
"We are missing three to four air compressors, hoses, nail guns, finishing guns, all of our table saws," said Susan Phipps Carr, Executive Director for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. "Everything that was stolen is vital for the first day of the build."
Until the charity can raise enough money to replace the stolen tools, they will have to postpone future builds. They estimate the lost items will cost them at least $5,000. Phipps Carr said they are still taking inventory and there may be more items missing.
"Stealing from people is terrible," she said. "Stealing from charity is unconscionable."
The thieves were able to cut a lock on one of the four trailers that sit at the Habitat build site.
Volunteers just completed seven new homes and the future homeowners are getting ready to move in. The trailers were supposed to be moved to the next building site on Friday.