DENVER — A couple is in shock after discovering thieves stole $3,000 worth of shingles and Christmas trees from their yard.
ABC-affiliated KMGH reports that Linda Koenig and her husband were replacing the roof of their home after it sustained hail damage in May. Due to the roof being so steep, the roofing contractor working on the job, JWR Consultants, placed the bundles on the ground in front of the home instead of on the roof in preparation for the project.
According to KMGH, the shingles were stolen overnight and discovered to be missing on Dec. 3. To add insult to injury, the thieves also took two Christmas trees from the yard. Koenig said the trees were wired, so the thieves had to “really yank on them” because they were plugged into electrical wires.
“Shingles can be replaced, but as my granddaughter said, ‘Nobody steals Christmas trees,’” Koenig told KMGH. “I said, ‘Well, these people did.’ And of course, my daughter said, ‘Well, maybe they needed a tree?’ I said, ‘Maybe they needed a tree, but they probably didn’t need two, but they took them both.’”
Denver police reported a total of 49 thefts of roofing materials in the first 11 months of 2019. Jamie Williams of JWR Consultants said construction material theft continues to be a problem for the roofing industry.
“There’s a side or sub-industry, I would call it, that’s made of these folks that buy shingles and don’t ask questions, and sell them to other people for a discounted price,” Williams said.
The Koenigs nor their neighbors have security cameras that may have caught the thieves in the act. The family has since installed a Ring Doorbell camera on their home.