Bronze deer statues stolen from subdivision

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Overland Park police requested the public's assistance Friday to help nab the thieves who stole bronze deer from a subdivision in Springhill.

With a scenic landscape, the Rockwood Falls Estates has embraced it's motto of being a place "where people and nature cross paths."

Until the night of December 19, bronze deer greeted people throughout the subdivision

"They just looked great, unlike the flowers and everything else that you have to maintain--they just did their deal," Christopher Larson, the groundskeeper said.

Larson added that in addition to the two bronze bucks and a doe, they also stole 17 of bronze maple leaf light covers. In total, it's all worth about $60,000.

"It wasn't like they could just pull up and throw them in the back of the truck they actually had to work at it to them take them," Larson said.

He, as well as police, suspects thieves didn't keep the bronze deer as trophies.

"What people are going to get for is nothing near what they paid for--it's pretty sad," Officer and Spokesman for the Overland Park Police Department Gary Mason said.

The subdivision is now working to replace the stolen items. Larson has a message for whoever carried out the theft.

"It's pretty low, I mean go get a job, do something honest. I mean this is ridiculous," he said.

Larson also said that this is not the first time that this type of theft has occurred. Seven years ago thieves also made off with another bronze deer.

If you have any information call Overland Park police at 913-344-8767 or the tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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