It wasn’t the most pleasant start to the long weekend for the Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s (Habitat VIN) ReStore in the Comox Valley.

Early Friday morning, someone broke into the store, located at 1755 13th Street, Courtenay. 

They attempted to break into the store’s two cash drawers, and when unsuccessful, stole the cash drawers and left.

The person then returned a second time to steal several donated items and came back a third time to steal two safes which held the organization’s petty cash, till float, and cash deposit from the previous day. 

Habitat staff estimates damage and stolen items to total about $3,000 in value.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centres that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances tothe public at a fraction of the retail price. 

Habitat for Humanity uses proceeds from the sales of donated items to help build affordable homes locally.

If you have any information regarding this theft, or if you recognize the individual(s) involved, 

you’re asked to call the Comox Valley RCMP  and refer to file #20-16541.