Richmond Tool Library burglarized

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Police are investigating a burglary last week at the Richmond Tool Library (RTL), an innovative new resource that allows residents to borrow tools for home projects using their library cards.

The burglary occurred Wednesday night at RTL, located at the Richmond Recreation Complex at 3230 Macdonald Ave.

A number of our power tools were stolen, including nearly all power drills as well as several reciprocating saws, circular saws, jigsaws, and more, city officials said. At least $1,000 worth of tools were taken, according to preliminary estimates, not including the cost to replace the damaged window.

“Department staff arriving on Thursday morning noticed a broken and open window at the library, along with noticeably empty power tool shelves and immediately informed the RTL,” city officials said. “Staff also discovered a chainsaw left outside on the ground next to the damaged window. Richmond Police Department arrived at the scene to examine the area and will continue to investigate the incident.”

The RTL team plans to launch an online crowdfunding campaign and tools donation drive with the aim of restocking its inventory. Community members are being asked to watch out for anyone using, selling or possessing tools engraved with “RTL” followed by a four digit number code.

“Please report it to us as soon as possible,” they said.

The RTL has been open since Aug. 1, 2016 and provides tools “to allow our users opportunities to be self-sufficient, to take agency over their neighborhoods, and to build a more sustainable Richmond,” officials said.

Those wishing to donate should call (510) 620-5546 or email