got to speak with the employee finally and got a bit more of the story…sort of.
I asked him how many awnings he stole and he said none. Backed that up with he had no ladder or alum frame pieces or uprights in his load. Totake these down, I’ve seen em go up over the roofline on a ladder and start at one side and unscrew the pans and then dismantle the frame and ledger. Doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, just adds credence to this part. There was a boneyard of pan only pieces in a secure (barbed wire) enclosure the Owners had for repairs,etc. When I asked if these came from there, he hung his head and did not answer me. I will drive there todayand see if these are stolen. It doesn’t make his theft any more palatable to me. Us or the Owner lost money…period.
My first reaction when Rick called me was correct, call the police and be done with it. Finding it was a person on the set up crew gave me pause. The Owner has given the guys carte blanch on taking any misc. scrap, furniture, steps (there are over 70 sets still there), augers, pvc pipe, etc. James convinced me on the phone the Owner gave him permission to take these pans. I called Kevin that day and the next day he called me back with the news he did NOT. Should have gone with my gut
Just a truly screwed up deal. I do not hate James, but I’d like the rest of the story…did he have a partner? Has he done this before? Taken other stuff? Without a definitive answer I’m at a loss. I’ve never had a situation like this. Forgiveness is fine and mentally I have forgiven James, but I want an accounting from him of exactly what he has stolen. The three Partners up there have lost tens of thousands worth of equipment off this job site and we ALL deserve an accurate count. The srap value of apps, and a/cs and alum is a very small portion of it’s true worth as you all well know
The owner seems not to care which I find odd. The place is getting picked clean. And technically he still owns these 9 homes until funded, we have a contract for sale on them.
I have never given up on a project before. Rick and I have worked tirelessly to sell these homes at a fair price. My fear is the homes will be picked clean since Friday is the last day anyone will live there anymore. All power is to be disconnected by the end of this month.
Any ideas on how to secure this Park?