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Thieves Steal Tools from Goodwill Manasota Trucks


SARASOTA – 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 helped themselves to 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," says Bob Rosinsky, president of Goodwill Manasota, adding that the impact on the bottom line is more than just the cost of the tools. "We're all victims of this crime. 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. "Unfortunately the tools that were stolen from our vehicles are not covered under insurance. We are looking at an increase in budget of more than $5,000 to replenish the tools and repair the trucks. This was an unconscionable act."

Rosinsky says that this is an "excellent time for the community to step up and show its goodwill. Your donations can undo the harm that this has caused." Anyone who has information regarding the incidents are urged to contact the local authorities. Those wishing to donate funds to purchase replacement tools can contact Goodwill Manasota at 941-355-2721 or visit www.ExperienceGoodwill.org.



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