Thieves Target Good Samaritans Helping Food Victims

An Omaha native came back to help out family and friends impacted by the flood.Tracy Chambless tells NewsRadio 1110 KFAB she and her husband now own a roofing company out of Kansas.She and her husband brought their crew to Omaha to help with the recovery.

Chambless says, "We brought two pickup loads and a large trailer load of donated items.We even purchased sheet rock and flooring out of our own pocket to help." The crew worked all day yesterday and went to their hotel at 178th and Chicago.Their truck was parked in the lot and in the bed was a large generator.They woke up to find someone had stolen the generator and did a lot more damage to their property.

Chambless says, "They flipped it over the side of our pickup and crushed the quarter-panel.They proceeded to break out the rear crew-cab window and stole a lot of our expensive tools and many other electric hand tools."

Chambless says the hotel has no security cameras and is disappointed that no one witnessed the theft.She says there is construction going on in the lobby area and there are work crews there 24 hours a day but no one saw the theft.

Chambless says, "It is disgusting.It is devastating.We came here to pay it forward and help people out.Here we have $10,000 to $15,000 worth of stolen items and damage."

The police were called and the theft was reported.Anyone with information is asked to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.

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