Homeowner Hits The Roof, Shingles Removed By Mistake

An Omaha homeowner made a shocking discovery Thursday in a bizarre case of mistaken identity.

“I don't know if it’s theft or just stupidity." When Ryan Stamm came home for lunch near 146th and Fort he found something valuable missing. “I saw the roof and thought holy smokes, there's something wrong.”

The Stamms two-year-old shingles had been torn off by mistake. “I thought well, someone had to have the wrong address.” But who? The Stamms live north so a deputy suggested Ryan’s wife check the same address south and she found roofers.

“So your guys went to the wrong area?” asked Ryan.

“Yes.” The owner of Jose’s Construction & Roofing explained that his crew misread north instead of south on GPS.

“You need a new roof?” said company owner Jose Medrano.

“Yes, but sure as hell not going to use you guys for it,” responded Ryan. While a co-worker took a bewildered look, Medrano took responsibility, offering to re-shingle the Stamm’s roof. “I want to start it right now or tomorrow.”

“No, no, I'm not having you guys do it, fella,” said Ryan, who prefers his own roofer.

The contractor whose crew went to the wrong address said he has insurance and met with Ryan’s roofer to get an estimate. Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kevin Bartels called the insurance agent for Jose's Construction & Roofing. “When I talked on the phone she said they cover or have bonding.”

Medrano promised the mistake will be rectified. “I don't know if insurance or I want to pay for it out of my own pocket." Would he take care of it? "Uh huh," said Medrano.

Ryan was confident that the promise won't be misdirected because he has official witnesses after filing a missing roof report.

Fact Finders later checked with Ryan and his contractor got the roof covered to protect against any rain this weekend. He said an insurance agent for the roofer whose crew tore off the wrong roof is working on a claim.

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