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Precious plants stolen

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Ethel Ritter in her lovely back yard ... she’s been having trouble out the front. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Ethel Ritter in her lovely back yard ... she’s been having trouble out the front. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

Local garden club member Ethel Ritter got hit by plant thieves last week, the second time in the last few months.

The first time was a couple of months ago when she was looking after her neighbour’s property while he was away.

She went out the front of her home in the morning and noticed a cement boot by her front gate.

“I looked over to my neighbour’s and all these beautiful urns were all gone ... all the urns,” Ethel said.

She rang the son of her neighbour to let him know what had happened and then she discovered her own property had been targeted.

“My bird bath had gone, all my big lovely frangipanis that a dear cousin grew, and another plant went.”

Last week Ethel then put in hours of work into her front garden and thieves hit again about 3am on Friday morning.

They “very neatly” pulled the plants out of pots.

“Plants are very dear really to buy, and they could be selling them,” she said.

“If they knocked on my door I would give them a plant ... it’s just very disappointing.”

She heard them talking out by her bedroom window but thought nothing of it because she gets a bit of traffic down her street from a nearby football club.

Police have told her not to confront any thieves but to ring 000.

“I had a lovely time this year judging all the gardens and all the roses.

“They were absolutely out of this world, absolutely lovely.

“But it’s very disappointing when you work hard.”

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