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Habitat for Humanity Tool Trailer Stolen



    McKinney police are searching for a tool trailer stolen from a North Collin County Habitat for Humanity home construction site in the 1200 block of Standifer sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. (Published Monday, Jan. 13, 2014)

    A theft of a trailer filled with tools worth more than $12,000 may set back the move-in date for a Collin County family working with Habitat for Humanity.

    Delvin Duckett, a single mother of two girls, was on site in East McKinney this month when the frame of her house was built into place.

    "It's just tear-jerking," Duckett said. "I wanted to cry, because it's a dream come true."

    The three bedroom home will allow Duckett's 7-year-old and 11-year-old to each have her own space. The girls are even talking about adopting a puppy.

    However, when Habitat board member and house leader Larry Hoffman checked up on the project this weekend, the site's trailer and all the tools it contains were gone.

    Hoffman filed a detailed police report with the McKinney Police Department, estimating the value of the property at more than $12,000.

    "We do work for underprivileged folks and the fact that somebody would do something like that to a nonprofit is just unthinkable," he said.

    Celeste Haidux Cox, executive director of the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, calls the theft a "huge hit," adding that the nonprofit doesn't keep a large reserve for tools.

    She adds that since the weekend, they've consulted with police about different security options to protect their property, some of which are currently going into place.

    For Duckett, however, the worry is if she'll be able to move into her home on time in April, though board members assure NBC 5 the mission is still to complete the home despite any further setbacks.

    The trailer was once a donation. On its side, it still reads "Richardson Interfaith."  The license tag number is 50385N and all tools are labeled with NCCHFH.

    Habitat for Humanity is asking anyone with information to contact the McKinney Police Department, or the nonprofit directly at: 972-542-5300.