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Habitat tools are returned

Prompted by Saturday’s newspaper article, a concerned citizen who was not involved with the theft returned tools that had been stolen from a Habitat for Humanity house last week, Grass Valley Sgt. Michael Hooker said.

“(The citizen) pretty well had an idea who did it,” Hooker said.

The tools worth $5,000 were stolen Jan. 12 or 13 from a North Church Street house that Habitat for Humanity volunteers are restoring. The sale of the house will finance the construction of five other homes for low-income families, Habitat spokesman Don Nofte said.



Habitat volunteers had to cancel a scheduled workday at the house because of the missing tools, volunteer builder Frank Sobrero said.

The tools reappeared early Saturday afternoon when the citizen brought some of the tools into the Grass Valley Police Department, Hooker said.




When told some of the tools were still missing, the individual said “I’ll deal with it,” was gone about 20 minutes, and returned with almost all of the tools, Hooker said.

A few tool belts and other hand tools are still missing.

Hooker said the police are “pretty confident” an adult who lives in the area stole the tools.

An apprehension is expected tomorrow, Hooker said.


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