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February 07, 2019

Former Phillies star Lenny Dykstra reportedly frightening neighbors in New Jersey

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Lenny Dykstra Mugshot Source/Linden Township Police Department

Lenny Dykstra, 55, arrested in Linden Township on charges that he threatened an Uber driver and had drugs in his possession.

The unnerving lifestyle of former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra appears to be striking fear in the New Jersey community where he's taken up residence.

Dykstra, who has a cul-de-sac property in Linden, Union County, is reportedly a menace to his neighbors on Stockton Circle, according to NJ Advance Media.

Several neighbors complained of large piles of trash outside his residence, people coming and going from the home at odd hours and a "boarding house" arrangement with allegedly illegal tenants.

One woman described a string of disturbances at the Dykstra home.

“It all started when he moved in,” said Linda Graham, who lives nearby. “There’s been two overdoses. There’s been a scuffle on the front lawn. There’s been people who are here today, gone tomorrow. We don’t know who these people are and we are afraid.”

The activity reportedly has caught the attention of Linden City Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey, who claims Dykstra has allowed as many as 10 people to live in his home at a time. Hickey said she regularly receives angry and troubled texts from neighbors, who complain of unsettling sights and sounds.

Dykstra has been taken to court in the past and had his home inspected — resulting in various housing and fire code violations — but he has not addressed the issues at the property, according to the report.

The former Phillies and Mets star, once a multimillionaire, was indicted in October on drug and threat charges stemming from an alleged altercation with an Uber driver last May.

There is also a history of run-ins with the law.

Dykstra served more than six months in prison in 2012 after filing for bankruptcy and then looting and selling valuables from his own California mansion. In 2015, he was charged with stealing $50,000 of jewelry from a porn star. He's also faced sexual assault and harassment allegations from multiple women over the years.

Nicknamed "Nails" during his playing days, Dykstra most recently appeared in a tweet from New York City this week, where he claimed he was excluded from the Phillies Wall of Fame because he used to sleep with the daughters of team executives.

The Santa Ana, California, native, who retired at 35 years old, now has a reported net worth of negative $25 million.