Vandals concentrating on the Waldo County Woodshed destroyed a fuel tank within the nonprofit’s dump truck and stole fuel cans just lately, leaving the volunteer-run nonprofit struggling to maintain up with wooden demand as temperatures drop.
Waldo County Woodshed founder Bob MacGregor first found somebody had lower a hose the woodshed makes use of to fill its dump truck with fuel on Jan. 21. When he went to restore the hose final Friday, MacGregor found that the thief had additionally drilled holes into the truck’s fuel tank and drained all the fuel. The thief moreover stole two cans of fuel.
“Why wreck the fuel tank, if you happen to’re simply stealing the fuel,” MacGregor stated.
Happily, the woodshed just lately bought a brand new truck so the vandalism isn’t impacting the wooden transport that the broken truck was beforehand used for, MacGregor stated.
This isn’t the woodshed’s first run-in with thieves. In current months, MacGregor stated folks have been taking firewood with out getting authorization from the woodshed first. However he believes there’s a distinction between these incidents and what’s occurred these final couple of weeks.
“It’s simply not the way it works, however hopefully [the wood] went to somebody who actually wanted it,” he stated.
The woodshed has reported the theft to the Maine State Police and is awaiting an estimate on repairs to the fuel tank. At this level, MacGregor has no concept what the invoice will appear like. He’s hopeful the repairs will likely be lined by insurance coverage.
“All the cash that goes into repairs that may have gone into working the woodshed takes away from what we do,” he stated.
MacGregor stated the truck that was broken is an outdated truck that will likely be offered off as soon as it’s repaired.
“It simply hurts to assume that right here we try to assist folks out and any individual comes and vandalizes our tools — it’s a kick within the intestine,” MacGregor stated.