Habitat's tools still out there

Medford police recently arrested a Gold Hill man believed to have stolen $13,000 worth of property, including a large amount of tools. Weeks before this bust, the Mail Tribune reported that Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity had a shed full of tools stolen from a job site. Are these two cases connected? Did the nonprofit get their tools back?

— Kathy B., Central Point

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity seems to have struck out in this case, Kathy.

Medford police investigators are checking to see whether the stolen tools found in a storage shed belonging to Tommy James Loftis, 33, of Gold Hill, belong to the nonprofit, but so far there doesn't seem to be a connection between the cases. "We certainly looked into it, but it doesn't look likely at this point," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "But we are going to continue looking for Habitat for Humanity's tools."

Loftis was arrested earlier this month when police found $13,500 in property in Loftis' Gold Hill home on Blackwell Road.

Detectives spent several hours going through the items found at the home and ultimately linked more than $13,500 worth of stolen property to thefts and burglaries in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity lost $5,000 in tools to thieves at a job site in west Medford.

Police believe the suspects broke into a trailer parked on the job site on Gravensten Way. The tools are used by volunteers to build homes for needy families throughout the Rogue Valley. The job site includes six houses meant for families in need of affordable housing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2200 and speak with Officer Bob McCurley.

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