Vandals break into Habitat for Humanity home

CREATED Jan 4, 2013

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RACINE - A Racine family was just weeks away from getting into their Habitat for Humanity home, that was until vandals broke in.

"When you break a window and go in and do this much damage, it's devastating," said Nora Grosse, Executive Director of the Racine Habitat for Humanity Chapter.

"They only got about $5 or less of copper material and it cost us $5-7 thousand dollars worth of damage," said Habitat for Humanity President Jan Roland.

Over New Year's someone broke into a Habit for Humanity house, and stole the copper on the water heater.  Water was left spraying, causing thousands of dollars worth of water damage to the basement.
"We think we're making a difference and it's a shame to damage what all of these volunteers are doing," Roland said.

The family, a husband, wife and their kids put in more than 300 "sweat equity" hours to earn the house, now their dream will be delayed.

"They have three kids, and the kids are all excited to move in too," Grosse said.

Racine police don't have any suspects so far.

"It's a great organization to have them victimized shortly before the family was supposed to move in is unfortunate," said Racine Police Sergeant Martin Pavilonis.

The leaders of habitat say the volunteers are already working hard to get the family in the house as quickly as possible.

"We''ll get it done, and it will be a great home," Grosse said.

Now instead of being able to move in in the end of January, the family will have to wait at least another 6-8 weeks.