Burglars hit Habitat for Humanity store

A pair of thieves broke into Habitat for Humanity's ReStore Home Improvement Center shortly after midnight and stole an estimated $4,000 worth of electronic devices and tools, an organization official said.

The two smashed out a window in the back of the building to unlock a door and spent about 15 minutes taking things from the center, said Sarah Naumes-Primerano, Habitat for Humanity's director of marketing and development.

Naumes-Primerano, who turned surveillance footage of the crime over to police, said a $1,000 pump controller, three Dell laptop computers, at least three DVD players, a top-of-the-line digital camera and two cordless drills — a Makita and a Black and Decker — were stolen.

"They knew exactly what they were doing; they knew exactly where they were going and what they wanted," said Naumes-Primerano, who watched the burglary unfold on surveillance tape today.

Naumes-Primerano said the crooks stole the drills and knew exactly where their chargers were plugged in across the building.

She said none of the three computers stolen contain sensitive donor or home information, but they did contain construction programs crucial to the organization's work.

"It's stalling the building process," she said, describing the crime as "the lowest of the low."

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said police are in the process of analyzing the surveillance footage.

Police are asking anyone with information related to the crime to call police dispatch at 541-770-4783.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based, nonprofit organization that builds homes in partnership with in-need families around the Rogue Valley. It is mostly a volunteer organization

— Sam Wheeler

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