The City of East Lansing needs help looking for lawn thieves

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – To help local businesses deal with the pandemic, the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) created outdoor spaces for customers to shop and dine safely. During business hours these spaces were largely successful, but after hours is a different story.

Theft and vandalism have become serious problems.

“We appreciate those who have enjoyed these spaces responsibly,” wrote city officials in a public social media post. “Unfortunately, negative behaviors, including theft and vandalism, remain an ongoing problem and have made it difficult to continue these placement efforts.”

Newly installed security cameras caught a group that went so far as to curl up and steal the lawn in one of the DDA’s rooms. Now the DDA is asking the public for help in finding their missing items.

If you recognize any of the people in the gallery below, the DDA has asked you to contact East Lansing Police at [email protected] or by calling (517) 319-6884.

City officials wrote, “If the item is returned to the public space, no further action will be taken. [But] further incidents of theft or vandalism could result in legal action. “

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