Some menace to society is poisoning lawns in San Jose
NBC Bay Area – A $1,000 reward is being offered in connection to a rash of unusual crimes that have left dozens of lawns poisoned in west San Jose.
Frustrated residents said someone is prowling around late night and lacing some sort of poison on people’s front yards.
“We feel totally violated,” said Greg Riggs, who has been a victim of the bizarre crimes. “Everybody on this street worked really hard to get their lawns as nice, as you can see throughout this neighborhood, as they are.”
The victims appear to be random — lawns on one side of the street could be fine, but across the street vandals hit the area hard, especially on Moreland Way.
The incidents began in late 2012, with just small strips of poison.
Residents said the pace and size of the vandalism have recently dramatically increased.
About 30 properties were targeted during this last round.
Neighbors have collected money to offer a reward to capture the culprit and have sent a soil sample to a lab for analysis.
Tony Anthan said his lawn, what he called his pride and joy, has been hit four times.
“We’re calling it lawn tagging because it’s kind of like that,” Anthan said. “They keep hitting us and hitting us.”
Anthan has installed cameras outside of his home in response to the vandalism.
Residents of the normally quiet neighborhood have no clue as to why they are being targeted. Speculation includes retaliation for using too much water during a drought to keep the lawns beautiful.
“Too much water, or jealous,” Anthan said. “I don’t know.”
Riggs, like Anthan, also is a four-time victim.
“If the thrill of killing grass dies off, what’s the next thrill going to be?” Riggs asked. “Are we going to be targeted? Are our homes going to be targeted? Are our families going to be targeted?
San Jose police said they have no information on a suspect and victims are encouraged to file an online report.
Having used to live in this area, this hits home for me very deeply. If there’s one thing that is a point of pride for white suburbanites in the San Jose area, who tirelessly pay Mexican landscapers almost hundreds of dollars per month, it’s to maintain a great fucking lawn. The climate here is ideal to set up the perfect lawn, so long as you can pay your water bill and keep the snails, birds and neighborhood children off of it. Oh and there’s also the dogs peeing on the lawn, gotta deter that from happening, but all those factors aside your lawn says a lot about you as a home owner and a person. It’s the first thing people see when they enter your domicile, and this, this cowardly villain is out here raping the property value and aesthetic of these great neighborhoods. For shame. Find this man and find him now.
P.S. 100% bet that this is some day worker that had to deal with some shitty, over-privileged white folks. 100% didn’t get paid or was fired. Lock it in. Or it was the lawn mower man.