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Kansas City neighborhood faces rash of shed burglaries

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Thieves broke into shed after shed - at least half a dozen - in the 9900 block of Mercier Street to steal lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and more. Thieves broke into shed after shed - at least half a dozen - in the 9900 block of Mercier Street to steal lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and more.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Residents in one Kansas City neighborhood are frustrated with the thieves who are breaking into garages and sheds to rip off lawn equipment.

Now, they are patrolling their own streets, looking for anything suspicious to report to police.

"I was getting ready to mow on a Sunday. I opened my shed and noticed my lawnmower was missing," Brian Purcell said.

Purcell quickly realized he wasn't the only one in his neighborhood missing lawn equipment.

"The shed door was just wide open," Katja Bullock said.

Thieves broke into shed after shed - at least half a dozen - in the 9900 block of Mercier Street to steal lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, tools and more.

"We felt so violated. We had a 12-year-old in the home." Bullock said. "The idea that somebody just came on to my property and took what my husband and I work hard for."

Police started to investigate the possibility the same person is responsible.

"I did get my mower back. On the downside of that, I had to pay the pawnshop to retrieve my own mower that I've already paid for," Purcell said.

Victims say they know how they thieves committed the crime.

"It was a smaller (lock), and they just clipped it clipped right through," Bullock said.

Purcell decided to install cameras inside his shed, and he and his neighbors didn't waste any time buying new locks and bolts.

"This definitely is a heavy duty one. We bolted it from the inside," Bullock said.

Others are buying motion detector lights.

Another victim said that she is certain the thieves targeted her home during the middle of the day.

That is why homeowners in the area say it is important for neighbors to keep an eye out for each other and report anything out of the ordinary to police.

Cherie Congour-Leatherwood is certainly being much more watchful and checking up when her dogs alert. Her dogs tried to warn her that someone was in the backyard in May, but she ignored their barks and growls.

She discovered her shed had been broken into when her dogs got loose. The crooks had busted open her fence, which allowed the dogs to get loose later. The thieves also cracked the lock on her shed.

"Someone was on my property. Someone was going through my things," she said. "It's a scary feeling."

If you have any information, call police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

KCTV5's Erika Tallan and DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.

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