Sometimes you can count on the kindness of strangers, especially strangers like Eric Bulsey, the manager of the Home Depot store on 290. He's donating $1,600 dollars worth of tools to the Ft. Bend County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
"I can't stand a thief. It's hard on a charity when someone steals all their tools when they are trying to give back to the community." he said.
Let's start at the beginning. Late Wednesday night-early Thursday morning someone broke into some storage containers on the north side of Richmond. That's where Ft. Bend County Habitat for Humanity is storing tools while it builds these seven houses. They took a bunch of pneumatic tools and an air compressor.. along with some odds and ends. They took enough that the work had to stop. Executive Director Susan Phipps Carr says everyone is supposed to move in next week. Or WAS supposed to.
"It's disheartening because everyone in the community knows we're there. We have a sign adjacent to the containers saying these are Habitat for Humanity homes. we've been working on this for an entire year. We've built seven houses in the last year." she said.
She may be disheartened, but Richmond police are really ticked off...
"It's not a major burglary. nobody got hurt. It's not a violent crime. it's just the fact that somebody's out there trying to make a difference.. trying to help people out and someone comes along and takes their tools." said Master Sgt. Lowell Nienast.
Sadly there are few leads right now, but that doesn't mean they aren't going to try to solve this. But in the meantime things are working out. Home Depot has made good their losses and Habitat says other donors and even a foundation has come forward wanting to help. So ironically the thief or thieves may have done more good than harm..