Homeowner, Diane Andryshak, has been left completely perplexed after her husband literally, bulldozed their home to the ground with no warning!
Built in 1956, the house spans 840-square feet with three bedrooms and one bathroom, according to Zillow.com. Property records show it last sold in Nov. 2005 for $160,000.
Until one day, when Diane Andryshak left her home to run some errands, she believed her husband would be knuckling down to the on-going renovations on their property. Little did she know that he had a much bigger project on his mind for their home in Middletown, New York.
When she returned home a few hours later, the property was completely demolished – with all their furniture, clothing and personal belongings still inside.
I don’t know what happened. I don’t know anything. I know that when I got here he was already down at the police station. “We were not fighting, we were not arguing,” Andryshak told WABC.
The man driving the bulldozer was her own husband, James Rhein.
When asked why he didn’t give his wife some advance notice and let her remove their belongings, he simply said:
I’d tried calling her – she didn’t answer the phone.”
As well as his wife, he also failed to notify local authorities about the demolition, which earned him a criminal mischief charge from police and a $300 bail charge.
Neither the gas nor electricity supply was shut off before the demolition took place, which could have caused a fire or explosion.
A neighbour named Steve Belfiglio told WABC.
I asked him just kidding around if he was going to knock down the house with a bulldozer, and he said, ‘Yeah.’ I thought he was kidding. So I went to work and when I came back this is what we found.”
And that Andryshak was “very upset” when she discovered her house had been reduced to rubble – not least because it was still full of her personal belongings.
Mr Rhein is adamant he didn’t do anything wrong, saying that the house, which they were trying to renovate, was impossible to to fix, so he tore it down instead.
Unfortunately, now the couple is completely homeless.
Watch the news footage on what this husband did with their house.