A group of vandals attacked five vehicles owned by Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO, leaving them illegal for the organization to operate until repairs are made.
A release from the organization said that two box trucks and three construction vehicles were vandalized over the weekend, with all of the vehicles being stripped of their catalytic converters. Those devices, which convert pollutant gases into less harmful emissions, are required for the legal operation of the vehicles.
The organization has received an estimate of $3,000 to repair one of the vehicles, and anticipates thousands more in estimates to make complete repairs. The vehicles are key parts in daily operations, with the box trucks collecting donations for the organization’s fundraising ReStore, and the construction trucks taking supplies to repair and building sites.
Currently, HFHS has two new home builds and several repair procedures in progress that will be hampered by the vandalism.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department at investigating the vandalism and thefts. Springfield Police spokeswoman Jasmine Bailey told OI that there have been a series of similar thefts in the Springfield area.
A fundraising campaign has been set up for community members who wish to help HFHS.
If you wish to donate funds to the “Vehicle Repair Fund”, click this link or donate at the HFHS ReStore at 2410 South Scenic in Springfield. If you are with an organization or business who can offer material support such as parts or services, contact Chris Houghton with Habitat at 417-829-4001 extension 110 or via email.