“It’s as good as gold”, thieves steal wood and building materials from construction sites

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After our story aired, MOBA said another one of Ryan Krejci’s yards was hit overnight. This time $7,600 in materials was taken from a home in Bennington. Another MOBA builder was also hit in Bennington last night. Ryan’s team filed a police report this morning and MOBA meets with Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that builders can call the sheriff’s office and request “special attention” when dropping lumber on a site. MPs will then check the site more often for suspicious activity. Deputy Chief Wayne Hudson says they contacted the Omaha Metro Builders Association, in an effort to stop these crimes. Ancient History: Piles of wood might as well be piles of cash for criminals waiting to seize them. “It’s as good as gold these days,” said Ryan Krejci, co-owner of Ideal Designs and Trademark Homes. Krejci has seen timber prices skyrocket in recent months and then disappear from the yards. “We flew it to the ground one day and the next day we had it put on the roof and the next morning it was off the roof,” he said. Krejci said the criminals got away with $6,400 worth of gear. Crews spotted a white truck driving around Grandview Estates near 207th and F streets. Neighbors captured it on their doorbells but the crooks have yet to be caught. To lock down the wood and keep it away from looters, crews put their forklifts on plywood. “Anything that can be taken, we try to put weight on it, so it’s not easy to grab and take off,” Krejci said. They are also changing delivery times. “We try to get it delivered when the guys need it, so we try to minimize the time it’s actually on site,” he said. The Metro Omaha Builders Association said it has heard of a number of builders who have suffered similar thefts from their job sites. Jaylene EilenstineMOBA, Executive Director, Jaylene Eilenstine said she heard from a number of builders who witnessed similar thefts in the regions. MOBA has hired patrols and installed security cameras at the “Street of Dreams” construction site in Valley. “MOBA suggests our builders add fencing, lock or hide valuables, and keep their job sites well lit,” Eilenstine said. Krejci said they don’t want the cost of the flights passed on to customers. “While we are already trying to cope with the large increases in materials and things being stolen from jobs, we have to figure out how to pay for this,” he said.

After our story aired, MOBA said another one of Ryan Krejci’s yards was hit overnight. This time $7,600 in materials was taken from a home in Bennington.

Another MOBA builder was also hit in Bennington last night.

Ryan’s team filed a police report this morning and MOBA meets with Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that builders can call the sheriff’s office and request “special attention” when dropping lumber on a site. MPs will then check the site more often for suspicious activity.

Deputy Chief Wayne Hudson says they contacted the Omaha Metro Builders Association, in an effort to stop these crimes.

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Piles of wood might as well be piles of cash for criminals waiting to seize them.

“It’s as good as gold these days,” said Ryan Krejci, co-owner of Ideal Designs and Trademark Homes.

Krejci has seen timber prices skyrocket in recent months and then disappear from the yards.

“We flew it to the ground one day and the next day we had it put on the roof and the next morning it was off the roof,” he said.

Krejci said the criminals got away with $6,400 worth of gear. Crews spotted a white truck driving through Grandview Estates near 207th and F streets.

The neighbors captured him on their Ring doorbells but the crooks haven’t been caught yet.

To lock down the wood and keep it away from looters, teams place their forklifts on plywood.

“Anything that can be taken, we try to put weight on it, so it’s not easy to grab and take off,” Krejci said.

They are also changing delivery times.

“We try to get it delivered just when the guys need it, so we try to minimize the time it’s actually on site,” he said.

The Metro Omaha Builders Association said it has heard of a number of builders who have suffered similar thefts from their job sites.

Jaylene Eilenstine

MOBA executive director Jaylene Eilenstine said she heard from a number of builders who witnessed similar thefts in the regions. MOBA has hired patrols and installed security cameras at the “Street of Dreams” construction site in Valley.

“MOBA suggests our builders add fencing, lock or hide valuables, and keep their job sites well lit,” Eilenstine said.

Krejci said they don’t want the cost of the flights passed on to customers.

“While we are already trying to cope with the large increases in materials and things being stolen from jobs, we have to figure out how to pay for this,” he said.

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