July 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Theft of equipment stalls Habitat for Humanity home construction in Roseville

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has had to halt construction on one of its home building sites in Roseville after thieves stole thousands of dollars in equipment.

Officials with the nonprofit said the theft occurred in the 25100 block of Blair on June 25. Someone broke into a locked Habitat truck parked at the site and stole a generator and tools, Executive Director Helen Hicks said.

The home is being built primarily by a group of women with Habitat’s Women Build.

In a statement Wednesday, Ruselda Johnson, vice president of corporate and fiscal affairs for Habitat, expressed her disappointment.

“Every day we work tremendously hard to raise money for every piece of wood, every nail, every sheet of drywall,” she said. “We do this because we believe in the mission and in the spirit of families who want a hand up — not a hand out. To see our work stalled because of theft really hurts our work.”

The nonprofit said it needs to raise at least $5,000 to cover its insurance deductible to replace the items.

Donations can be made at www.macombhabitat.org or by mailing a check to 130 N. Groesbeck, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.

(313) 222-2311