Local thieves have green thumb - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: Mike Truett 6/9/04

Local thieves have green thumb

Tonight in our Crime Tracker report--forget money! Memphis thieves are after something in a different shade of green. They're stealing plants! A lot of them!

Since mid-March, we found reports of more than 30 incidences of plant theft in the Memphis area alone. But thefts of tropical plants from nurseries and garden centers is apparently even more common.

"That's the main problem we have is them coming to this fence line here and just reaching over the fence and pulling them over," said Stringer Garden Center owner Josh Davis.

At the Stringer Garden Center they found even some of their own employees were stealing some of the more expensive tropical plants. So they put up a security fence to deter would-be plant thieves. So far, it's worked!

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