Last night we had a break in here on the shelter property. Several thousands of dollars worth of tools were stolen. One of which was a new grinder Lincoln had just purchased for almost $500.
Thankfully no one was hurt. No one heard anything at all, even a man who was asleep near where the break-in occurred. This is one of the things that makes us think it was possibly a former worker with a key who broke in.
Lincoln said that the lock to the shed where the tools are kept was missing, leading us to believe that the lock was opened with a key and taken, not cut off (it most likely would have just been left on the ground had it been cut, no one would want to take an unusable lock.) The key is available to the workers all day long, they need to get into the shed multiple times a day. It would have been very easy for one of them to take the key and have a copy made.
There are double doors (the kind where you can open just the top part or just the bottom part) on the shed that tools were stolen from. The bottom part of the door has to be latched with a nail twisted a certain way on the inside part of the door to keep it closed. The door was latched this morning. Someone who wasn't familiar with how the nail worked to latch the door wouldn't have known to latch it back closed.
There are many buildings on the property, someone had to know where to look to get these very expensive items.
It is very sad to us that someone whom we have trusted would do this. So, Lincoln's plans for the day have changed and he is working on strengthening the doors and replacing the locks!