CU student stole thousands of dollars in lawn care equipment

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Jayden Kazantsev has run his business, JMK Lawn Services, in the Louisville area for the past five years.

However, last Saturday, thousands of dollars worth of his lawn equipment were stolen overnight, leaving him little choice but to rent tools until he can save up to replace the stolen property.

“This is my first truck, it has a high sentimental value,” said Kazantsev.

Kazantsev started mowing lawns when he was just 12 years old, using his family’s lawn mower. He said at the time he charged $20 a lawn. However, by the time he turned 15, he said he started taking the job a little more seriously.

“I took all the money I had saved and bought a truck, trailer and new lawn equipment,” Kazantsev said.

Now, at the age of 19, Kazantsev oversees six employees and pays his way through school. He just finished his freshman year at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 12. It paid for my way through college. It’s really personal. It’s more than just a business for me,” explained Kazantsev.

Last Saturday, part of his crew parked one of the trucks along with some of the equipment in a Louisville neighborhood.

“They left it where it was always parked. It’s been there for years without any problems,” said Kazantsev.

When the crew returned Monday morning, he said the truck and all the equipment inside was gone.

“The equipment costs a total of $15,000. More than the truck is worth,” revealed Kazantsev.

He lodged a complaint with the police and gave the police all the serial numbers of the devices.

Luckily, the truck showed up Monday night, but the equipment was gone.

He said items such as his lawn mowers, weed killers, gas cans, blowers and trimmers were all taken.

“I know you don’t know my story and it wasn’t personal, but why? It causes so much pain when your stuff gets stolen,” Kazantsev said.

At the moment he has to use used rented equipment until he has enough money to buy new stuff. He said the insurance doesn’t cover the stolen equipment.

He’s also checked sites like Craigslist to see if any of this shows up.

“Five days a week, 20 lawns a day, that’s a lot. Even if I have to push it back two days, that’s 50 turfs to catch up,” Kazantsev said.

To help him get back on the lawn during the high season of lawn maintenance he started GoFundMe, if you would like to donate you can do so HERE.

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