Thieves strike at Habitat For Humanity Tuscaloosa for a second time

Thieves target non-profit charity in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Executive Director of Habitat For Humanity Tuscaloosa says they’ve been now been hit by thieves twice since August.

The most recent theft happened sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Ellen Potts says they noticed the catalytic converter on their moving truck was missing before they even tried to start it up. They use the truck to move building supplies and donations that can include furniture, appliances and more. Habitat For Humanity resells those items to put money back into home building and repair projects.

Replacing the same car part cost them nearly $3,000 earlier this year.

“We help elderly people, senior citizens, disabled veterans, other disabled people. And really this person is stealing from them. We’re trying to do the Lord’s work. You’re stealing from the people we serve and ultimately they’re stealing from the Lord,” Ellen Potts, Executive Director Habitat For Humanity Tuscaloosa, explained Wednesday.

Potts said replacing the catalytic converter is money that won’t go into repairing someone’s roof or building several wheelchair ramps.

Habitat says their looking into storing their truck in a more secure location.

Police do not have any suspects in the case.

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