SARASOTA COUNTY — Thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen Tuesday from three Goodwill Industries Manasota maintenance trucks parked in the organization’s facilities parking lot in Sarasota. According to a police report, the thieves cut through the parking lot fence, broke into each truck, and stole more than $5,000 worth of hand tools.
“We are a service-based industry and the shameful theft of these tools hits us hard. But it also strikes at the community we serve,” Bob Rosinsky, president of Goodwill Manasota, said in a statement. “These thieves are preying on the good will of the Sarasota-Manatee community by stealing from a nonprofit that helps thousands of disadvantaged people in our community.” According to Rosinsky, the tools were not insured for theft. “We are looking at an increase in budget of more than $5,000 to replenish the tools and repair the trucks,” he said. For information about donating to Goodwill Manasota, which operates a store in North Port, call 941-355-2721.
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