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Grinch steals Habitat trailer

Police in northwest Wisconsin are looking for two holiday scrooges who stole a trailer with tools and building materials where a Habitat for Humanity home was being built.

The Wild Rivers Habitat group said the trailer was stolen late the night of De. 15 in Grantsburg; a witness did not realize that a crime was going on. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for lower-income families - and those families help build the homes they'll eventually live in.

The group's local director, Eric Kube, said the stolen items were all donated by the community.

"The thief took the tools out of the hands of volunteers, and now they need to be replaced," he said. "It's discouraging that someone would do this, especially right before Christmas."

He said the completion of at least one home would be delayed because of the theft. Two thieves in a white pickup truck cut a chain just before taking the 24-foot trailer. The unit and its contents were worth about $10,000 dollars.

Kube said insurance would cover most of the loss, but a $5,500 deductible would have to be paid. Those with information about the crime are asked to call Grantsburg Police.