Homeowner with unique lawn upset by theft, neighbors say the yard is the problem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There’s a $2,000 reward for information about stolen property in Brookside but neighbors say there’s a bigger issue about where they were stolen from.

The homeowner installed security cameras and issued a warning after someone stole two cement alligators and other outdoor items from her yard.

Neighbors noticed the items missing from the yard-- which is hard to miss. 

“I think it wasn't very nice to get on someone's property and steal,” Tom Whipple said, who lives across the street.

The homeowner drew a line in the sand that no one will steal from her again, but some say that sand is the bigger issue.

“I think the house looks revolting with all that stuff out there,” Edwin Bisby said, who lives down the street.

Although it may look like beachfront property, the yard belongs to a home just off Meyer and Walnut in Brookside.

“I'm not trying to tell anybody how to have their property and stuff done but having a house with sand on it, it looks like it belongs out in Florida,” Bisby said.

Neighbors said it's been like this for years; at least two people filed complaints with the city.

One major concern: property values.

“People around here, they keep their yards up and their property looks nice and stuff but that looks like something out of a storybook or something,” Bisby said.

The city codes inspector went to the home but found no violations.

The homeowner said off-camera that the sand is for the children in the community to use and play in. She also said she’s in her 60s and doesn’t want to deal with a lawn.

In Kansas City, people can use sand as long as it isn't overgrown with weeds and not on the property as storage.

There's no code that says you can't use sand for landscaping. However, stealing the alligators is theft.

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