Man loans tools after Habitat for Humanity home burglarized

Police say burglar stole almost $2,000 worth of batteries, saws, drills

SANFORD, Fla. - A Lake County man has loaned dozens of power tools to Habitat for Humanity in Sanford, just one day after police say burglars stole tools, stunting work at the future home for a needy family.

Gary Arnold says he saw the story about the burglary on Local 6 and decided he would loan his tools. He says he's not in the position to donate them, but the non-profit can use them as long as they need.

"It's just the right thing to do," said Arnold.

Linda Andrews, a spokeswoman for the local chapter of Habitat, says she worried the burglary would delay the goal to have the family move in by Christmas, but she says thanks to Arnold, she thinks the group will be able to meet the goal.

Andrews said volunteers had to scramble to borrow tools from other active work sites to begin work again on Wednesday.

Sanford Police say late Tuesday someone broke into the home on Country Club Circle through a back window and unlocked the door before stealing nearly $2000 in power tools.

"It's frustrating. It's disappointing to think that someone would steal from a non-profit," Andrews said.

Arnold dropped the tools off Thursday afternoon. He tells Local 6 he may even volunteer his time and building expertise on the project.

Police say they have no leads on who may be responsible for the burglary. All the tools were labeled with Habitat's name and phone number.

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