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$1,200 in equipment stolen from transitional housing nonprofit

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The thief pulled up, broke into the shed and stole $1,200 in equipment. (KCTV) The thief pulled up, broke into the shed and stole $1,200 in equipment. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A transitional housing facility that helps homeless people get back on their feet was targeted by thieves. 

About $1,200 worth of gardening equipment was stolen. 

Early on Wednesday morning, a man drove up and broke into a tool shed by knocking the lock off with a hammer.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas is a nonprofit that helps homeless people get on their feet. 

"When someone comes along and takes things from us that we used to maintain our facilities or to aid in our quest to teach residents how to work and find good jobs, it does set us back,” said Director Chuck Arney.

Chainsaws, weed eaters and other tools needed to maintain their community garden were stolen. 

Now police are looking for answers. "They're looking at all of it and hopefully something really good will come out of it," Arney said.

Arney said this is an obstacle they'll have to overcome, but he's hopeful they can do just that. "We know that we’ll be able to replace those things because the city wants to help people,” he said. “We’ll step forward and we’ll get that part of it done and then we're going to keep going."

The facility is working to replace the stolen tools, but said their main focus is still helping people transition to living an independent life.

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