Lenny Dykstra

Suzanne Russell via USA Today

Neighbors: Lenny Dykstra running illegal rooming house with frequent fights

February 08, 2019 - 11:35 am

LINDEN, N.J. (1010 WINS) — "Well, there goes the neighborhood." That's what some Linden residents are saying.

They're mad at former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra for allegedly running an illegal rooming house while trash and people piled up all over the place.

Neighbors claim people are coming and going at all times of the night, and that Dykstra's two-story home is always "fight central."

They want him out, and they've appealed to the town to help them.

Linden City Councilwoman Gretch Hickey accuses the baseball great of illegally renting out rooms in his place for $1,000 a pop. They say he even converted the garage into a room.

“He’s advertised for boarders,” Hickey said. “There’s been 10 people living there at a time. He even made the garage into a room.”

Neighbors recall seeing someone pour a yellowish liquid out a second-floor window as well as hearing hammering and building noises coming from the home in the middle of the night.

Dykstra has a history of run-ins with the law. In 2012, he admitted selling valuables from his California mansion, and selling them after filing for bankruptcy. In 2015, he was accused of stealing $50,000 worth of jewelry from a porn star, and in May 2018, he was accused of threatening an Uber driving while in possession of cocaine and methamphetamine.

There was no official statement from Dykstra.


This story originally ran on 1010WINS.radio.com.