Habitat for Humanity of Walton County Burglarized

By: Betsy Goldin Email
By: Betsy Goldin Email

More than 4,100 Walton County residents shop in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The sole purpose of the store is to help the community make their homes more comfortable and livable.

Now, the ReStore needs some support from the community after it was broken into over the weekend.

Wednesday, work went on as usual. Darren Meyers, the manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and his team, were busy unloading furniture and appliances.

Customers were coming in to look at everything from lamps to bicycles.

But, it is not a typical day.

Over the weekend the restore was burglarized.

A laptop, two computers and all of their tools were taken.

"Even our security camera and the DVR it records to,” said Teresa Imdieke, the executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. “So, there's no evidence where we can catch the people who did that."

And the tools they took are what Habitat needed to break ground on their next project, a 12 home community in Mossy Head.

The Walton County Habitat has built 26 homes and remodeled two for Walton County residents.

"People that work so hard, that just want a helping hand,” said Imdieke. “Not a hand out."

Now the ReStore is set back more than $7,500 and more importantly, missing their equipment.

"Thieves don't care who they steal from,” said Meyers. “They can rationalize it in their brain anyway they want."

You can help by going through your garage or attic; see if you have any tools you do not use any more. If so, drop them off at the ReStore.
Those tools could help build your neighbors home.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the break in.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
17656 U.S. Hwy 331
Freeport, FL 32439
(850) 880-6108


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