Equipment stolen from Habitat for Humanity work site

Posted: Updated:

Police in Somerset County are trying to track down the people responsible for stealing equipment from a Habitat for Humanity work site.



According to a Franklin Township police report, someone stole a skid loader - a piece of construction equipment used to move heavy items - from the site on Churchill Avenue.



Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity were using the skid loader, among other equipment, to build several homes for low-income families.



Volunteers at the worksite say they couldn't believe someone would steal from them.



"We're all volunteers," says Dick Bedner. "We're all up there in age, and that machine makes it really convenient to pick up and load 15 to 20 tons of stone into a basement of a house."



The machine was parked at the work site overnight. The next morning it was gone. The keys were not left inside, according to the police report.



The skid loader had been donated to Habitat for Humanity's Raritan Valley chapter several years ago. A new one could cost at least $20,000. The charity is not sure if its insurance will cover the cost of a new one.



Anyone who may have any information about the crime is urged to contact that Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-2300.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."