By Gabriel Roxas

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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW) – Some of them have waited weeks to finally get their roofs repaired after massive hail damage. Now thieves have put them right back to square one, and it’s happening more and more in neighborhoods across north Texas.

Police are seeing a spike in thefts of roofing materials in both Richardson and Plano. A huge stack of shingles was delivered to Mike Presz’s driveway right off an alley, and by the next morning almost everything was gone.

Presz is not alone. He says the majority of his neighbors have to get new roofs after back-to-back hail storms left entire communities in need of repairs. That’s why he had to wait weeks to finally get a shipment of shingles to begin work, only to have another setback.

“It’s a real problem. I mean I was astonished that someone would come and take the shingles. I mean everybody’s got their shingles out here,” Presz said.

Kevin Kraefft is still waiting to have his roof replaced. After thieves stole shingles from his neighbor, he worries that his home will be the next target.

“I mean I can’t be around all the time. When they start working on that, people are going to start walking up stealing things, breaking in houses,” Kraefft said.

Richardson Police say it’s often the builders who eat the cost of the stolen materials, but Presz says he still isn’t clear on whether he or the roofer is responsible for the shingles.

“Still trying to deal with the insurance company. Not sure what’s next. What I do know is if they do cover it, I have to pay my one percent deductible again,” Presz said.

Now as he waits for another heavy shipment that isn’t easy to store in a secured location, Presz says he’s not sure what more he can do differently next time.

“Honestly you can’t prevent this other than you sit with the shingles all night and make sure no one stole them ’cause they’re getting stolen overnight,” Presz said.

We talked to one local roofer who tells us they are aware of the thefts, so they are locking up remaining materials when they break for the evening. But in situations like when the bulk of the shingles are first delivered, and they can’t be secured, police urge homeowners to watch over the area and report any suspicious activity.

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