ROWLETT, TEXAS - Thieves stealing materials from crews rebuilding homes that were hit by the December 26th tornado are slowing down recovery for dozens of families.
The goal for many who survived the storm, and the contractors they hired, is simple: Eight months after the storm.
"Getting people back home as soon as possible," said Aaron Strauser, with No Problem Services.
But that’s getting harder for contractors who are getting slowed down by sticky-fingered thieves.
"We’ve had doors stolen, interior doors, we’ve had siding stolen," said Strauser. "Hammers, saws, drills..."
It makes a family’s wait to return home longer as contractors pay to replace what they’ve lost.
"Me personally, it’s thousands, between our crews. A bunch," he said.
Rowlett Police told News 8 they are aware of the problem. They’ve had several reports of thefts, though they were unable to tally the number before close of business Friday. The department is having officers do extra patrols in the neighborhoods hit by the storm when they’re not responding to other calls, officers said.
For his part, Strauser is keeping materials inside homes and locked in trailers.
He recommends neighbors report anything suspicious to Rowlett Police.
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