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Tool library puts out call for construction help after theft in Federal Way

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. --   The South King Tool Library has plans to open a new building in 2020 that is currently under construction to provide free access to tools, equipment and training, but now the non-profit is in urgent need of help.  Surveillance video showed a burglar breaking into the temporary storage containers at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

"Someone bent in the door, came in and helped themselves to probably $2,000 worth of tools and scooted off into the woods behind the building," said South King Tool Library Executive Director Amanda Miller.

Federal Way Police have increased patrols and are trying to identify the suspect while tool library organizers work to secure the building.  They have a blueprint but need assistance to complete the project to secure the tools.

"What we need is to get the community together, to get experienced builders to come in and help us finish and secure this building," said South King Tool Library Founder and Board Treasurer Jeannette Jurgensen.

They are holding a construction work party on Saturday, January 4 at 9 a.m. and encouraging experienced construction people and strong helpers to volunteer.  Contact for more information.

They are also seeking donations to purchase building materials. You can find more information here . 

If you have any information on the suspect or the tools that were stolen, contact Federal Way Police and reference case #19-15709. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at or by using the P3 Tips App on your cell phone. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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