Thieves took $10,000 in tools from the Northeast Seattle Tool Library, especially its valuable power drills, compressors and saws.
Burglars have stolen $10,000 worth of donated tools from an organization that’s happy to lend them for free.
The Northeast Seattle Tool Library hopes the public will look out for the 100 items that were taken early Saturday or late Friday from its building, at 2415 Northeast 80th Street in the Wedgwood neighborhood.
The tools have “NESTL” and a number written in permanent ink, according to updates on Facebook and on Craigslist
The intruders took miter saws, table saws, tile saws, circular saws, pressure washers, routers, air compressors, bolt cutters, laptops, and even the salmon smoker, according to coordinator Sarah Kautz.
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“They took all the most expensive items,” said Kautz, who spent Saturday with volunteers checking inventory.
The library will be open as usual from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, she said. There remain many hand tools, including gardening equipment for what’s forecast to be a partly sunny afternoon.
“This is a pretty devastating event for us, since most of these tools were donated to us by the community and are commonly checked out. We are a volunteer staffed non-profit and cannot afford to replace most of these items,” the Craigslist notice said.
Kautz asked people who see NESTL-marked items, or who know about the crime, to contact the group at 206-524-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or tell the Seattle Police Department.