Truck stolen from Habitat for Humanity work site


WE COULD SEE FOG RETURN TOMORROW MORNING. MORE DETAILS COMING UP. JEFF: CONSTRUCTION SITES, THEY’RE HOT TARGETS FOR THEIVES. AND WHEN THEY STRIKE, IT MEANS SETBACKS AND FINANCIAL LOSS. JENNIFER: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY THE LATEST VICTIM, ONE OF THEIR WORK TRUCKS NOW IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HANDS. LET’S GO TO OUR COLE MILLER IS LIVE IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND WITH THIS CRIME ALERT. COLE: IT’S A LITTLE TOUGH TO SEE THIS PLACE AT NIGHT, BUT WE’RE AT 57TH AND KILLINGSWORTH, THE FUTURE SITE OF 15 HOMES FOR 15 FAMILIES. BUT WITH THAT TRUCK NOW STOLEN, THEY’LL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER TO MOVE IN. SO JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, WE CAME TO THE JOB SITE EARLY IN THE MORNING, NOTICED THAT THE FRONT GATE, THE LOCK HAD BEEN CUT AND THE GATE WAS OPEN. COLE: AT A JOB SITE, THAT’S NEVER A GOOD SIGN. AND JOSH PHILIPPI, WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PORTLAND METRO EAST, KNOWS IT. ONE OF THE SHEDS HAD BEEN KICKED IN. THE DOOR HAD BEEN KICKED IN, AND WE HAD A KEY BOX IN THERE. COLE: THE THEIF, OR THEIVES, TAKING A TRUCK JUST LIKE THIS ONE, A WHITE CHEVY SILVERADO 3500 CREW CAB, WITH A LUMBER RACK AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DECALS ON THE SIDE, FROM THIS PROJECT, 15 HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE CULLY NEIGHBORHOOD. PHILIPPI SAYS THOSE TRUCKS ARE A MUST-HAVE. IT HAS A BIG IMPACT. WE HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME GETTING AROUND, GETTING MATERIALS. COLE: THIS IS FAR FROM THE FIRST TIME THAT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAS HAD A THEFT. THEY’VE HAD TRUCKS BROKEN INTO, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A TRUCK HAS BEEN STOLEN. THEY’VE TRIED THE FENCING, THE SECURITY CAMERAS, THE MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS, EVEN ON SITE SECURITY. BUT IT SEEMS NOT EVEN ALL OF THAT CAN PREVENT THESE DETERMINED CROOKS. ON SITE SECURITY WAS OUR MOST EFFECTIVE, BUT THAT WAS VERY EXPENSIVE ALSO AND IT WASN’T A WAY TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING. COLE: WORK WILL CONTINUE HERE, ALBEIT AT A BIT OF A SLOWER PACE, SETTING CREWS AND 15 FAMILIES BACK ABOUT TWO WEEKS. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS NOW RAISING MONEY TO REPLACE THAT TRUCK. IF YOU’D LIKE TO PITCH IN, WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE. LIKE TONIGHT IN NORTHEAST

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