Thieves Steal $18K Worth of Tools & Supplies from Concord Charity

November 1, 2013 7:00 am · 34 comments

Thieves stole about $18,000 worth of copper wire and pricey construction tools at the site of a new, unfinished building set to house a beloved Concord community group.

The Monument Crisis Center, which serves thousands of local families, is currently housed in a small building on Monument Boulevard and is set to move into a larger space still under construction on Market Street.

But a wrench was thrown into those plans on Tuesday night when someone broke into the construction site and stole roughly $18,000 in building supplies and tools, leaving none behind, according to police and Sandra Scherer, the center’s executive director.

Workers arrived at the property Wednesday morning to find that someone had gotten over a security gate and busted open a locked steel door to steal the supplies.

Scherer said she and her small staff, construction workers and center regulars were “disheartened” and “traumatized” by the news.

“It’s a widespread effort with some tight-knit support, so it really hit them in the gut,” she said. “It’s not just a job to them.”

Police are investigating the break-in but so far have not located any suspects, according to Concord police Lt. Robin Heinemann.

Many of the tools stolen from the site were donated by construction workers who were also donating their time to the project, she noted.

The theft is a significant setback for the 10-year-old organization, which over the years has served about 13,500 local families with its food pantry and programs for children, teens, seniors and the homeless, Scherer said.

She said the center now serves about 5,000 families monthly with the food program and hundreds more for programs that include after-school tutoring and community services projects for juvenile offenders.

Construction on the new center on Market Street began last month and was slated for completion by the end of the year.

But that goal is now in jeopardy, and the organization that has prided itself in helping the community now needs more support than ever from its clients and other supporters, Scherer said.

Still, the Monument Crisis Center’s staff, volunteers and clients are a resilient group, she said.

The building on Monument Boulevard was bustling with activity throughout this morning and afternoon as families picked up food donations and staff and volunteers prepared for a children’s Halloween party.

Meanwhile, construction work on the new center was continuing today, although at a slower pace than planned, Scherer said.

She said the organization is considering hiring a security guard to man the construction site overnight, another costly consequence of the burglary.

Anyone with information about Tuesday night’s break-in is asked to call Concord police at (925) 671-3220

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JET November 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM

This is so sad…… anyone who steals from a charity will get that much more bad karma…..

Didn’t Monument Crisis Center get robbed within the last couple of years, it seems that I remember during the holiday gift drive they got robbed as well??

They do such a great job for this community, I wish everyone reading this would give a donation of some kind, every little bit helps.

MikeyV November 1, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Hey, don’t worry Concord. All of your police officers will be out this weekend at your friendly local DUI checkpoint screening drivers to see if they’ve had a beer.

Anon November 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

This is no real surprise – if you want it– hire security or the locals will steal it. Welcome to Concord- they city that cares about families.

Antler November 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Really LOW!!! And through a locked steel door, too? But evidently not a locked, ALARMED, steel door. I’m thinking that would be preferable to putting a real person at risk on site in future. People and dogs might simply be SHOT in that neighborhood. So maybe they can in future have alarms tied to police dispatcher system?

True November 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

#2 you are a jerk………………….We need to get all those drunks off the road.
The police need to go to wear these guys sell the stuff and get them. The buyers should be arested also. they know the meterals are stolen.

Horse'n Around November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

@True. Don’t waste your time with Mikey dumb a$$. He’s just an unhappy person that has probably gotten a DUI in the past and is now just upset with the police for doing their job. People like that are just a waste to the community.

anonymous November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Very good Mikey. Up to your usual standards of quality..

Dear Mikey V November 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

OK , we get it. You are an alcoholic who chooses to drive and endanger everyone else because you like to do it.
Now go away.

Angelica November 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

This is so sad. Anyone who would rip off a charity. Monument Crisis Center does a lot of good in the community.

@Antler November 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I’m guessing they need to finish building the building before they install an alarm.

BreakingJen November 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Wow, the universe will be sure to send this cheer back to the theives in their lives….the only comforting thought at this point. What a cowardly act, steal from charity, that ‘thug’ is really proud I’m sure….Well I’m going to the Monument Crisis Center website and making a donation today, who will join me?

Anon November 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Thank you Breaking-Jen for posting the site. I’ll happily donate. This is what is needed right now- not bashing the community.

Tracey November 1, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Way to go, Breakng Jen. Only low-life scum steal in the first place, but you can’t get any lower than stealing from a crisis center, on the way to donate.

Random Task November 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

so the workers were from infront of home depot and uhaul ………correct

Random Task November 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

as well as a bigger place to secure more dem votes because they tell em all … will lose this if you do not vote dem. Crisis center its a free money scam run by dems to secure votes …..really the thieves are only prolonging their jobs as did the cal trans workers on the bay bridge ……noon cares how much public money is wasted they just raise taxes and get even more this state is a crooks paradise and the dems are leading the way ……why do you think the solar panel project for all the schools and even a night school <<<<< huh that's weird all got panels installed by a out of county con tractor …oh who is the son of who ……yeah play all the games you want with the dim dem voters …not all are fooled that easy

anon November 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Not living in the area anymore bu would like to do something for the workers as well as the center. Does anyone know if they are working today?

Original G November 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

There are CCTV surveillance systems on the market that allow you to select a portion of what camera is viewing then set a threshold for movement before alarming. Can even select an object which if taken system can back up and record from just before it was taken all the way thru it leaving and save it.
Software can send you a frame grab, a live video feed, send a text, an email or even call you.

Series of videos, best one stop info source I’ve come across.
Videos 10 thru 21 give basic info video 25 in the series is made by FBI and gives valuable info on designing and using a CCTV system.
I bought some camera housings, they stick out like a sore thumb but scumbags take one look and more on to someone who doesn’t have a surveillance system.

Prices have really come down in the last few years.

BCuzItzClaycord November 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Random Task – you are an ass and there is no place in society for “people” (and I use the term “people” losely) like you.
People who steal are low lifes to but steal from an charitable organization??? There is a special place in hell for people like them

kiyyap November 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I would like to do something to help. Any special considerations or should I just use the usual methods of contributing to the center?

Let us hope and pray...... November 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

that the misguided young man who stole the tools doesn’t drop a chainsaw in his lap and shred his puny genitals into a bloody pulp….

Antler November 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

#10…..duh, I obviously was referring to having an alarm on the locked metal door which was smashed.

commoncents November 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Random Task – doing his duty as a TeaPartier….

J. November 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I believe the tools were even in locked KNAACK Boxes

Anonymous November 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Does anyone read all of randoms posts? Tried it a few times but it doesn’t make much sense to me.

NoMoreFreeRide November 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

This was an inside job how else would they have known to go specifically to that room and know the items where there?

anonanonagain November 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Scumbags will steal from anyone. Rich or the very poor. It doesn’t matter to them. Anyone that can walk away after doing this and go home and sleep at night has got to be the lowliest of the low. Karma is truly going to be a ***** for these scumbags……

Ben Dover November 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Oh, get over it. 😉
Thieves need to feed their drug habits. Where’s your compassion?

Grouchy Face November 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

A @24, you’re not alone. We worry about distraught Random. Well not much, but you know.

The homeless Junky Tweakers that live under the btidge Garanteed November 1, 2013 at 6:19 PM


anon November 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The tweakers that live under the Bridge by Stanwell cir. are copper theives.

mssamjan November 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

About 6 weeks ago, 4 men robbed the workers at the Habitat for Humanity site in Oakland – shot at one worker and pistol whipped him. Took all of their wallets and tools. Those folks make next to nothing and are the most dedicated people you’d ever hope to meet. A group of us from work went there and spent the day working like crazy to get the work started on the site. It makes you sick to hear of stuff like that.

Tracer03 November 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

There are actually quite a few non-alcoholics that disagree with the practice of randomly stopping a driver on the off chance that they might be drinking.

“Papers please…”

@Antler #21 November 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

You mean like hang a bell on the knob or something? That door was part of an unfinished building.

Domestic CEO November 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Thank you BreakinJen. I just made a donation to “Build A Monument” which goes right to their project.

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