Green-thumbed thieves on the run after ‘cowardly’ looting
A string of plant thefts across the Coast have been labelled as “disrespectful” after several residents had greenery dug out from outside their properties.
Posts on social media have shown a trend of garden-related stealing in the region as residents warn others about the incidents.
The Salon Forest Glen fell victim to a robbery in late June after the small business’ custom-made planter boxes and doormat were taken from its shopfront.
Owner Shaye Johnson said staff returned to the Mons Rd salon to find the items stolen.
“There was dirt everywhere, the front of our shop looked awful,” she said.
During a tough time for businesses as a result of coronavirus, Ms Johnson said it was a low act for a person to target shop owners.
“We’d only been open just over a month or so since we had to come back after being shut down due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so to have someone do that sucked,” she said.
“It was really disappointing that businesses are already struggling so much at the moment, for someone to go take something that wasn’t theirs.”
The business was now at least $200 out of pocket after Ms Johnson was required to replace the stolen property.
“They dumped the plants out in the dirt outside the back, all they took was the boxes and the doormats,” she said.
“First we thought it was just kids, maybe grabbing all of the pots around and stuff.
“But with all the plants that were dumped, it was a bit of a disrespectful act.”
A Warana resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was one of many homeowners on her street who found their plants had been stolen on Saturday night.
She believed the theft was premeditated, as her four pricey cactuses were removed from the ground using a gardening tool.
“They completely dug it out, they’ve dug up our outdoor lighting system as well, all the cables,” she said.
“It was definitely premeditated and they did it under the cover of the night, so very cowardly stealing people’s plants.”
The resident suggested the green-thumbed thieves had taken several plants to resell them at markets on the Coast.
“They’re either going to resell them or have an epic cactus garden in their home,” she said.
“I’m assuming that they’re local people though because it seems to keep happening around here on different days.
“It’s more of an inconvenience than anything … it’s very rude.”
Police were contacted for comment.