Downtown Loft Burglarized: Thief Steals Tools And Victim's Livelihood

By: Melina MatthesMMatthes@kptm.comOMAHA (kptm) - New security measures are being taken at a downtown loft. This after police said a thief broke in during the night and stole thousands of dollars' worth of tools. To top it off no one knows how he got in. Now the residents are worried for their safety. The maintenance shop is located in the basement of the loft and police said the crook broke through a steel door. He even broke the deadbolt clean off, but management at the loft said they're going to do all they can to make sure their residents are safe and that includes adding extra locks all over the building."This is how I make my living. My tools are how I make my living and by stealing all of these tools, that person didn't just steal stuff from me, they didn't just steal service that I can provide to my company...they stole food out of my family's mouth," victim, Joel Williams, said.Police are looking for the man in this photo. Investigators said he stole thousands of dollars in tools from a downtown apartment building."I think of my shop as an extension of my home. This is more or less my office, nobody comes down here except me and to think of somebody in your home is incredibly violating," Williams said.And everyone, including police, wonders how the thief got into the building. The complex is secured and residents are warned not to let strangers inside."We're lucky that we have cameras throughout the property and that this guy wasn't really the smartest guy in the world so he was aimlessly wondering around the property looking for where to go. He just happened to get lucky and find where our maintenance shop was," Manager, Stephanie Rader, said.But how did he know the tools were behind the steel door? The video showed the crook knew where he was heading. After getting off the elevator he broke down the steel door. "My first thought was how big did a guy have to be to actually do that?"Williams said he worries the crook will steal again. He encourages the thief's friends to turn him in. "I'm sure this guy's bragged about ripping me off about the $3,000 worth of tools that he got from this poor schmuck, but you knowput yourself in my spot." Williams said the drill was used specifically for concrete, it cost him roughly a $1,000 and the welder that was also taken cost approximately $500. He encourages anyone with information to come forward. If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, contact Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP."Like" Melina on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to stay connected.