‘Probably going to have to chain them down’: Man securing lawn furniture after thefts

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Snatched right from the back yard. It’s what a Wichita man says happened to some of his property.

Jon Rodriguez always keeps an eye on his property, but the other day he walked outside to an alarming discovery.

It’s hard to miss this historic beauty alongside Broadway.

The home recently caught the attention of guests, but on this day, they weren’t welcome.

“More than one person that would have had to carry it out,” said Jon Rodriguez, Wichita.

Rodriguez says thieves took his backyard belongings by entering his yard where his fence was pushed over by the wind.

“The table was right over in this area here, which you can tell the imprint right there, there were chairs that went all the way around it as well,” said Rodriguez.

He says it’s making him think differently about his yard. He already has chairs secured on his porch.

“If we’re going to have nice things at our house, we’re probably going to have to chain them down to make sure that to make sure no one walks off with them,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says he wants to operate a coffee shop at the home, but the recent theft is discouraging.

“We don’t want to have to take things and have to move them into security every night,” said Rodriguez.

But Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office says this is a good way to prevent theft, in addition to closing your garage door.

Rodriguez is hopeful his added security will work and his story will encourage neighbors to be vigilant.

“It’s people and neighborhoods together that are going to keep this from happening,” said Rodriguez.

He reported the incident to police, so if you have any information, you should call them immediately.

The sheriff’s office says they see a rise in patio furniture, lawn decorations, and thefts from garages during the spring and summer months.

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