Landlord finds lawn gone, yard marred by mystery landscaper

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Updated: 5/21/2013 8:19 am

Chris Vasquez came home from work last Thursday to find his lawn ripped out and his landlord ripped off.

Donna Luckie owns the home, located on 108th Street. She said all that's left is dirt, piled high where grass used to be.

"The back yard is going to have to be re-leveled. That dirt's gonna have to be removed, re-leveled, come in with a little bit of top soil and sod, and the same with the front and the side and it's gonna be costly," Luckie said.

Neighbors said they saw two men in a white truck hauling a red machine making off with the grass. Luckie has filed a police report for what is now a criminal mischief case.

Luckie estimates the cost of a new lawn and repairs to the yard to come to about $1,500. But she fears a much higher figure because her homeowners insurance doesn't cover a stolen lawn.

"Just certain things that will cover your lawn and this is not one of them," Luckie said.

She thinks this may have been a case of a yard crew doing a removal job at the wrong address.

Vasquez said someone should fess up.

"That's pretty bad for someone to come and do something and not even say, or leave a note more or less, saying 'I'm sorry, we got the wrong address. We'll come back and fix it.'"

He hopes the culprit will confess and get the yard replaced quickly.

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