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Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

Work will proceed on Central Westmoreland County Habitat for Humanity projects, albeit a little slower after the organization's construction supply trailer was burglarized last month.

Multiple power tools including compound saws, saber saws and drills were among the construction tools stolen from a supply trailer in Hempfield that the nonprofit group has used for years.

“Yes, our work will continue, but maybe a little slower without those tools. It's really a shame,” said Habitat board member Carla Heider.

State Police Trooper Chad Bell said thieves forced their way into the locked utility trailer parked off Newark Street in the township's Grapeville section sometime between Nov. 7 and 13.

Bell said the burglars took tools and equipment valued at about $2,800.

“We've had that supply trailer there for years. ... It's just a shame,” Heider said.

Heider said Habitat, which provides affordable housing to low-income families, is still trying to replace the equipment.

The Central Westmoreland affiliate began in 1996 and provided homes built or rehabilitated by volunteers for people in need. Anyone wishing to donate can telephone the organization at 724-523-0308.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact state police at 724-832-3288.

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