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Habitat for Humanity Thefts in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. -- Habitat for Humanity is trying to build 10 houses for needy families in Pasco but thieves continue to get in the way.

Four times, thieves allegedly have taken Habitat for Humanity supplies from the new Tierra Vida Development in Pasco.

Last night, Habitat officials say the theives broke into a supply trailer after they had cut through a fence. They stole three tools that together cost well over a thousand dollars. Habitat officials say the thefts are not only costing them donated money but are keeping needy families from moving in.

Habitat's Kristin Lerch says, "It is frustrating to the families. Their out there as much as our volunteers, building their homes. Their required to put in 500 hours of sweat equity."

Habitat officials say they are trying to stagger supply shipments to prevent more thefts but say there is little else they can do. Pasco Police say they will emphasize patrols in the area but say so far, they have no description of the suspects.