Samuel and Monique Farmer and their son, Shaemus, who bought what they describe as a “real piece of work house” in Steuben last fall, lost more than their tools to a thief or thieves Jan. 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FARMER FAMILY

Move from Florida turns into a nightmare for Steuben family

STEUBEN — Moving to Maine from Florida and buying a fixer-upper was a dream realized for the Farmer family, but now their fantasy has evaporated.

During the season’s first storm Jan. 10, someone broke into the family’s work trailer on their property in Steuben and stole all of their tools.

“We’re pretty horrified,” said Monique Farmer, who with her husband, Samuel, and son, Shaemus, 2, are renting a condominium in Winter Harbor while they make their new home livable.

“Someone stole our livelihood in the middle of the night and left my husband, myself and our 2-year-old son with no means to support ourselves and no tools to finish our home,” she said.

Monique said the trailer on their property at 351 Pigeon Hill Road had two locks on it, but that wasn’t enough to deter whoever ventured out in the snow and wind storm and left with up to $10,000 worth of tools.

The thief or thieves, she said, took virtually everything — including building materials — and damaged whatever they didn’t want.

The break-in occurred sometime between Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 11, at 9 a.m.

The Farmers alerted state police and Trooper Staci Carpenter spent a few hours driving around with them in hopes of finding traces of their stolen property.

“She’s been fantastic,” Monique said.

Carpenter was not immediately available for comment.

The family is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the tools or the arrest of the person or persons responsible.

“If we can just get the tools back,” Monique said. “That’s our livelihood.”

Among the missing tools are a Milwaukee miter saw and Sawzall; RIDGID table saw, tile saw and drill; Porter cable belt sander; Green Works electric pressure washer; drill bits; saw blades; fasteners; Black and Decker router with bits; Bostitch skill saw; Bosch Hammer drill; Hitachi finish nail gun; Porter cable belt sander and brad nailer; two handy bags with numerous hand tools; electric meter; a CO2 tank with regulator; a Ryobi cordless drill and a DeWalt laser level with stand.

Many of the smaller tools and hand tools have the initials “SMF” written in Sharpie.

The Farmers can be contacted at 248-7056 or by email at [email protected]

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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