Thieves steal $9,000 worth of tools, equipment from charity

Thieves steal $9,000 worth of tools, equipment from charity (WKRC)

NORTHSIDE, Ohio (WKRC) - The chain link fence that surrounds Building Value separates the business from the Dooley Bypass.

Early Sunday morning, thieves cut their way through. Monday, workers found their vans broken into and the thieves made off with $9,000 worth of tools and equipment.

Antonio Taylor worked his way up through an Easterseals program and now works for Building Value.

"And so I went to the next van which was my van and I checked inside of it because I have a generator and a couple of power tools inside of there and it was gone and not only were the tools gone, the van was damaged, destroyed," said Taylor.

Building Value is part of Easterseals and trains people who are disabled or facing personal challenges. Easterseals also helps veterans.

David Rich is a manager. He said, "The associates in the program, they are here for 4 to 6 months and then they get employed farther down the road through a program that we have through a number of contractors."

The tools that were stolen were used for deconstruction projects. The items inside of homes and businesses scheduled for demolition are brought to the Spring Grove site and then sold.

"And is everything from floor joists to rafters to chimney pots, kitchen cabinets, appliances, everything," Rich said.

The money goes back into the charity to help more people, but without the tools the workers have been struggling.

A number of projects have been set back several days because the workers don't have their tools. They are making do with what they have, but for people who struggle to make an honest living, the theft is upsetting.

"There is a better way about going about your financial situation and employment. But what you did here is you hurt a lot of young individuals and a lot of people who are trying to make life changes," Taylor said.

Workers have been bringing in their personal tools so they have a way to work. The organization is trying to get replacement tools as quickly as possible.

If you have any information that can help police, call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you could get a cash reward.

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