Habitat utility trailer stolen

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

Another view of Habitat For Humanity of Berkeley County’s utility trailer, stolen from the Moncks Corner office the night of Labor Day. PHOTO PROVIDED

A utility trailer was stolen from Habitat For Humanity of Berkeley County the night of Labor Day.
Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Bryant Knepp said an employee was at the Moncks Corner office, located at 408 S. Live Oak Dr., that day and the trailer was still there when the employee left.
When Knepp arrived the next morning the single-axle trailer was gone, he said.
“It was about a $5,000 loss for us,” Knepp said. “We need to get our tools back in place.”
Hand tools, two DeWalt saws and one DeWalt drill were in the trailer at the time of the theft, according to a Moncks Corner Police Department incident report.
Knepp said tape measures and drill bits were also lost in the theft.
Kathi Cotterill, who manages Habitat’s ReStore in Goose Creek, said their most expensive tools were not inside the trailer at the time but hand tools, gloves and other items used by volunteers were.
“It’s just too bad,” Knepp said. “We were getting ready to put the lettering on it . . . the trailer was in really good shape.”
He said he thought lettering would deter theft.
“I’ve worked at three Habitat affiliates in the last 10 years,” Knepp said. “Each has been stolen from.”
The trailer was unhooked from the Habitat van, Knepp said.
The police report indicates there were no suspects at the time the crime was reported.
On Aug. 24, Berkeley Habitat started its next home “build” in Bonneau for a single mother of four who works at a bank in Moncks Corner. Cotterill said the trailer is an important part of each build.

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