PORTLAND, Ore. -- Students at Benson Polytechnic High School are out thousands of dollars in tools after thieves stole them from a locked shed behind the school.

"This is the lowest form you can do," said teacher Tim Hryciw.

Hryciw said sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday, somebody cut through a fence and busted inside a locked shed to steal power tools worth $8,000-$9,000.

"I'm heartbroken," said Hryciw. "We have nothing now."

What makes the theft even worse is the fact the tools are used to build tiny homes for the city's homeless.

KGW reported last May on the efforts by students to build the homes.

"What kind of low life are you that you steal from the kids?" Hryciw asked. "These are kids who build for the homeless."

Hryciw says his tech-geometry class' goal was to build a half dozen tiny houses by the end of the school year. That goal is looking less and less realistic.

"It's beg and borrow and the kindness of whoever will help us out."

Hryciw says the district is insured, but he is worried district leaders will not make it a priority to replace the stolen tools.

If you have any information about the case you should contact the Portland Police Bureau.