Lawn Larcenists Caught "Green Handed" In East Nashville Sod Theft

Posted at 7:48 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 21:01:03-04

Some lawn larcenists were caught "green handed" while stealing sod from a front yard in East Nashville around 1 a.m. Monday morning. 

Juan Gonzalez was woken up by what he thought was neighbors arriving home in an Uber, but when he looked out the window, he realized it was something else. "It was four guys, and two jumped out and were rushing around really quickly." 

Gonzalez then heard thumps. It was the sound of his neighbor's sod being thrown into the back of a 4 door Dodge Ram. 

"I turned my porch light on to let them know someone's watching, and they all jumped in the truck and took off," Gonzalez recalled.

Minutes later, the neighbor went outside, and Gonzalez went over to talk to them. 

According to Gonzalez, the neighbor said they weren't concerned about it. The sod was leftover from a project they completed in their backyard, still Gonzalez said he plans to stay on alert and encourages his neighbors to do so as well in hopes that together, they can deter crime.

"We have a lot of families that live right through here, and if they're gonna take sod off your front lawn, what else are they gonna take?" Gonzalez questioned.

The crime was not reported to police, as Gonzalez did not have a sufficient description of the thieves.

The homeowner of the sod is considering putting out a sign saying "free" to allow anyone to take the grass, instead of having it stolen.