Metro artist seeing red after thieves steal trailer filled with artwork and supplies

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LENEXA, Kan. -- A metro man is asking for help after his trailer filled with artwork, supplies, and equipment was stolen.

“There was no trailer,” said artist Kale Van Leeuwen.

Van Leeuwen went to pick up his artwork from his trailer Monday for an art show he's heading to in Nashville.

For about a year, he's parked his trailer at business in Lenexa, which has more space than where he lives.

“I circled the building about three times, I'm like 'okay, maybe the owner of the place, because I had permission to park it there, moved it to the back,'” Van Leeuwen said.

He called the owner, who said he had seen it recently, but thought Van Leeuwen had it.

“Because I come and get it whenever I need it, so he didn't think anything of it,” Van Leeuwen explained.

He called around to friends, tow lots, and the building's owner. No one knew where it was.  After he called police, the realization began setting in.

“I lost 15 to 20 thousand dollars because of the art, the equipment, the walls, the tent, and then the trailer itself,” Van Leeuwen said.

And a good portion of his hard work is in the trailer.

“They can have the trailer, I just want the equipment and the artwork,” Van Leeuwen said.

After working around the clock, Van Leeuwen said he'll have about a third of what he initially thought he was going to take to the show. He's hoping everyone who sees his story will keep their eyes open.

“It's recognizable. I have a distinct style. All the pieces are either paintings of marbles, or animal figurines based on my son, so they're very distinct. They also have my signature on the back of each piece,” Van Leeuwen added.

If you see any of Van Leeuwen's artwork or trailer, please contact the Lenexa Police Department at (913) 477-7300.

The stolen trailer
The stolen trailer
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An example of Van Leeuwen's artwork.
An example of Van Leeuwen's artwork.
An example of Van Leeuwen's artwork.
An example of Van Leeuwen's artwork.
An example of Van Leeuwen's artwork.

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