Crooks steal bronze deer statues to the tune of $60,000 - KCTV5

Crooks steal bronze deer statues to the tune of $60,000

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Some crooks out to make a quick buck found an interesting way to try to do that and it left some Overland Park neighbors pretty upset.

There were two bronze deer atop a rock wall and another at the entrance of the Rockwood Falls Estates just up the road.

"It just goes to show they will take anything," said Officer Gary Mason with the Overland Park Police Department.

Sawed off hoofs are all that's left of the full-size bronze deer statues that dressed up the entrance of the secluded community near 191st and Flint streets. Someone stole the statues along with 17 maple leaf light covers just before Christmas.

"I checked the property at 10:30 to let my dogs out and everything was OK. Then about 5:30 I got up to check the property again and I noticed they were gone," said Chris Larson, the property's caretaker.

It's a costly crime to the tune of $60,000, all for significantly less money if the thief or thieves can even find a scrap yard to take the distinct decoration. Residents say it's more than disappointing to see the display destroyed. 

Larson is more disgusted by the theft and those behind it.

"It's ridiculous. I mean, McDonald's is always hiring, there's always something to do. Just to steal from other people is ridiculous," he said.

Police say it was a lot of work and took some time to pull off. Investigators are hoping something tripped them up and that's what leads to them getting caught.

"It takes a lot of work going up a hill and trying to lug the deer down the hill and loading them up, it takes more than one person I'm sure," Mason said.

Police hope someone saw something. If you have information call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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