Tools, copper stolen from Habitat home in Rock Hill

Police are investigating after they say tools and copper were stolen from a Habitat for Humanity house under construction in a Rock Hill neighborhood on Tuesday.

Officers at about 8:30 a.m. were sent to a mostly-built home on Crawford Road after a Habitat employee reported that someone broke into the house’s back door and stole a drill and copper, according to a Rock Hill police report. The drill, a Dewalt Lithium cordless drill/hammer combo, is worth $200.

Copper was also pilfered from the attic, the report states. Police found boot prints at the back door that the employee said were not there a night earlier. They matched footprints found in the attic near the house’s air conditioning unit.

A door had just been delivered to the house Monday night.

Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian organization that provides low-income families with affordable, volunteer-built homes they will eventually own, in recent years has focused much of its efforts to constructing homes in the Crawford Road community.

A year ago, thieves were accused of stealing power tools loaded into a truck parked at another building site. Habitat officials said then that the thefts did not curb their enthusiasm for building homes in the area.