KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Authorities are investigating a theft of tools and other equipment at a woodworking shop where retired phone company workers make special, rehabilitative devices for children.

While the shop, run by a phone company  retiree group known as The Pioneers,  was closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, the Kansas City Star reports, thieves broke into the  Children Helped and Rehabilitation Motivated shop,where 25 phone company retirees build items like therapy stools, floor sitters for children unable to maintain sitting positions, scooters, special high chairs, walkers, Braille alphabet boards and other rehabilitative items for physically challenged children.

The police report says lists nearly five pages of tools taken, including five new sets of power drills and drivers, valued at $5,000. The shop was not insured against the theft.

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