Neighbors spray paint word of warning to vandals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The area around 72nd and Baltimore in Kansas City, Mo., is usually quiet, but neighbors tell me in the last year -- something has changed.

There's an uptick in break-ins -- both homes and cars. And neighbors have had enough. They've agreed to watch out for each other. Someone even spray painted a message for the crooks in the middle of the street.

It reads, "No more break-ins. We're watching you."

Anne Owen said she's lived in the area for 30 years. She's recently had her fair share of problems.

"Over the summer we had cars getting broken into," she said. "Mine on three occasions. On the last occasion I was able to actually see it happening and I chased the fellow down and he got away, but the police ended up catching him with the description I had given. And then of late we've just had a lot of businesses being broken into in the Waldo area."

Anne says she doesn't know who spray-painted the word of the warning in the street -- but she hopes it works.

If you have any information about the recent break-ins, call the TIPS Hotline 474-TIPS(8477).

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7 comments

  • chriscombssports

    @Ed: Yes the person who “committed the crime of Vandalism in the street” is better than the thrives. The street message ,while technically is vandalism, was done with ONLY good intentions & for what I & assuredly a fair share of those neighbors would say is a good cause. The street can be painted over. As for the theives, yes they are worse. Their crimes are committed with only the cruelest of intenions . Their victims don’t have such an easy fix as repainting.

  • chriscombssports

    @Ed: Yes the person who “committed the crime of Vandalism in the street” is better than the thieves. The street message, while technically is vandalism, was done with ONLY good & caring intentions & for what I & assuredly a fair share of those neighbors would say, is a good cause. The street can be painted over. As for the thieves, yes they are worse. Their crimes are committed with only the cruelest & selfish of intenions . Their victims don’t have such an easy fix as repainting.