Man posing as roofer arrested in FD
A man posing as a roofer is in jail and his companion is wanted after a vigilant Fort Dodge homeowner became suspicious of two people who wanted to fix her roof.
Fort Dodge police arrested Alan J. Dornhuber, 64, of Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday, according to Police Chief Tim Carmody.
They are looking for Lynda K. Finch-Estrada, 55, of Henderson, Nev.
Both are wanted in that state.
Police found them Thursday after tracking down a truck matching a description given by the homeowner. She reported that on July 10 two men, who said they represented Suburban Roofing, offered to repair the roof on her home. The men had a business card, but did not have a city of Fort Dodge solicitor’s permit, which is required to go door to door in Fort Dodge, according to police.
The next day, the men returned and one man said he had spoken with the homeowner’s insurance company and had permission to repair the roof.
One of the men was walking on the homeowner’s roof.
The homeowner was suspicious, so she turned down their service and notified authorities.
Dornhuber and Finch-Estrada were found with a truck that had ladders and Suburban Roofing Co. placards on it.
“We are not saying that Suburban Roofing is not a reputable company,” Carmody said in an email. “Rather, we are asking everyone to be cautious.”
Suburban Roofing is a real company based in Waterloo, according to police.
Dornhuber was arrested when authorities learned he was wanted in the state of Nevada on warrants for felony theft and fraud charges.
He is being held in the Webster County Jail on a $3 million bond request by that state.
Finch-Estrada is also wanted, but her warrants didn’t immediately show up when police searched.
“The name might not have been spelled correctly, or a number of other things,” Carmody said. He said the warrants may have been missed because Finch-Estrada’s last name is hyphenated.
Because her warrants weren’t found originally, police released her.
Police learned that Finch-Estrada is wanted for theft and fraud after talking to staff at the Nevada attorney general’s office, Carmody said.
Now they are looking for her.
Finch-Estrada has blue eyes and blond hair, stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighs 220 pounds.
Without the call from the homeowner, police would not have found either of them in the first place, Carmody said.
“Because we had people who reported this, we were able to locate them and get one of them off the streets,” he said. “Now we need help getting the other one off the streets.”
Carmody said residents should be aware of contractors and stay cautious. Some contractors may try to fix roofs that don’t need to be fixed.
“We don’t want anyone to become a victim,” he said. “Take the time to work through processes like this – and consult people you trust.”
To work legally as a contractor in Fort Dodge, transient contractors must have a solicitor license, a transient merchant license and be a registered contractor with the city. Being a registered contractor ensures that they are also bonded.
Contractors who go door to door should be able show these documents to their potential customers before doing any work. If a door-to-door contractor cannot show these documents, Carmody said, notify police.
Get as much information about the contractor as possible: who they are, where they are located and what they are doing. This will help police in their investigations, he said.