CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies say a couple was trying to take off with hundreds of dollars in hurricane shutters from Habitat for Humanity.
You can find anything you might need at one of Habitat for Humanity's resale stores.
"100 percent of our net revenues goes directly into our project of building homes for families in Charlotte County," said Gabrielle Reineck.
A mission that's helped more than 280 needy families since the oprganization started here 26 years ago.
It's why Senior Director of Outreach Gabrielle Reineck was disheartened to hear this couple, Candice Davis and Wesley McElroy, allegedly tried to steal hundreds of dollars in hurricane shutters from them.
"We were just really sad because we pride ourselves on giving back to the community so for someone to come and take from us is just a sad situation," Reineck added.
The shutters were locked up inside this gated area, but just after midnight Tuesday, someone riding by on their bike spotted the two suspects and a stack of shutters next to their car. The bicyclist quickly called police.
"Thankfully the residents in the area of the Murdock store really look out for Habitat and they believe in put mission and believe it what we do," she added.
While the shutters were immediately returned, Reineck said this incident has this store double checking its security.
"Where they took from is an enclosure with a six foot fence, locked, so they really had to go through an effort to get in there...we're gonna have to look into extra security measures," she added.