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A Santa Rosa man locked in a dispute with the city over his fence height made national headlines this week, when he staged an unusual protest by adding naked mannequins to his yard — in plain sight of his neighbors.
And now there’s a new twist: Someone has stolen two of the mannequins.
The original dispute began when the city of Santa Rosa forced resident Jason Windus to lower his 6-foot fence to just 3 feet. Windus was apparently in violation of a city ordinance regulating fence height, and the city said someone had complained about it.
In retaliation, Windus set up a display of naked mannequins having a garden party in his backyard, telling news outlets, “They wanted me to tear down my fence to see inside my yard, and now they get to.”
A handwritten sign nearby reads, “Reserved seat for the nosey neighbor that complained about my fence to the city.”
Windus believes the mannequin theft occurred due to that lowered fence, KGO reported, despite the presence of a “guard” — one of the other mannequins wearing a helmet, natch.
Windus said he originally built the tall fence in order to let his dogs out into the backyard.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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