Equipment and tools, including an electric saw used by volunteers to build homes for low-income families, were stolen from the Pacoima offices of Habitat for Humanity on Monday night, organizers said.
The theft of several computers, a television, a VCR, a modem and the tools is being investigated by the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Habitat offices, which serve the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, are located in trailers on the construction site of a planned 53-home development. A Habitat employee discovered the burglary when he arrived at the site Tuesday morning and saw that locks on the entrance gate and on the trailers had been cut.
The break-in comes at a particularly bad time for the nonprofit organization, because donations to the local affiliate have dropped dramatically since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, putting construction of the Pacoima homes behind schedule.