Cut wires still hang from the walls and ceiling of a Habitat for Humanity home. It’s one of two homes under construction on Headland Avenue in Dothan. Thieves cut the copper wire at every switch and plug-in box and then took all the wire in between.
Habitat for Humanity Spokesperson Elizabeth Tiller says most of the wire is gone. “When they entered the house they discovered that the wiring had been completely torn out of the house; about 90 percent of it.”
Because the criminals cut the wire at every point, 100 percent of the house will have to be re-wired. The labor and replacement materials are estimated at $2500 dollars.
Tiller added, “We don't know exactly what to do; we do not really have the money to be able to rewire this house.”
Not only is Habitat for Humanity a victim of this crime, the family that will move into the house is a victim as well. They already suffered losses in Hurricane Katrina and have been waiting in an overcrowded situation until they can move into the house.
Now, when they do take possession, they will have to pay for the $2500 dollar cost of replacing the wire. It will be added onto their mortgage payment.
Habitat is hoping that stepped up police patrols and community watch groups will help keep this type of thing from happening in the future.
Dothan Police say they're keeping an eye out for this type of crime.
Officer Jim Matheny said, “We work daily with the salvage companies. Here in town we have four and every one of them is very, very good at helping us anyway they can.”
Four more homes are planned for construction on lots adjacent to these homes.
Habitat and the families they help can't afford to have a crime of this nature occur again. Their hoping support of law enforcement and the community will help.
Police tell News 4 they are stepping up patrols in the area.
In the meantime, Habitat is hoping that a local contractor who is licensed and bonded will come forward and volunteer their time to help cut the labor costs for this family.
If you would like to help Habitat for Humanity with this project, you can contact Kendra Leonard at 792-8453.