When Ryan Stamm pulled into his driveway Thursday morning he noticed something strange — his roof was missing, and there was no work crew in sight.
He was baffled because he had not hired a roofer, and his roof had not been damaged by recent hail storms like so many west Omaha homes.
“I thought, 'Holy cow, what is going on,' ” Stamm said.
His neighbors told him they had seen roofers on the Stamm property from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The neighbors were able to provide a description of the company's van.
Without success, Stamm went on foot around Standing Bear Lake neighborhood, looking for the roofing crew.
He then called the contractor who put the roof on his home on North 146th Street years ago. The company suggested driving to a home that had the same address — about 120 blocks south.
Sarah Stamm, Ryan's wife, drove to that address. She saw a Jose's Construction and Roofing van parked outside the house and roofers just starting to get to work.
“They left no notification, no card. There was no way of knowing who did this to our roof,” Ryan Stamm said.
Without going to the same address in southwest Omaha, he said, he and his wife might never have discovered who took down their roof.
The Stamms called law enforcement.
Douglas County sheriff's Lt. Rob Jones said a deputy took a report and stayed with the Stamms while the situation was worked out with Jose Medrano, owner of the roofing company.
Medrano, who had not been with his work crew, said the mixup was an accident.
“The guys leave because they were at the wrong house,” Medrano said. “I've been a roofer 11 years and nothing like this has happened.”
No tickets were issued, and that upset Ryan Stamm. He said he wanted the company ticketed for trespassing and destruction of property.
Medrano offered to have the crew repair the roof. He also offered the couple $500, but Stamm declined.
Instead, Jones said, Medrano's insurance policy is expected to cover the estimated $8,500 it will cost to reroof the Stamm home.
“What shocked me the most is the gentlemen who ripped the roof off had no intention of coming back,” Stamm said. “They only offered to fix the roof after the police showed up.”
The company he uses for roofing repairs put roofing paper on the house to help protect it from the rain expected Thursday night. Stamm said the company planned to repair his roof Friday.
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