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Thieves target unusual merchandise at garden center

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

An investigation is underway after some thieves stole hundreds of dollars worth of goods from a central Kentucky business.

An employee at a Jessamine County garden center walked in on two burglars Wednesday morning, helping themselves to plants and products.

The owner is still trying to figure out just what the thieves stole. He says based on what the men took, they likely knew exactly what they were looking for.

An employee at Springhouse Gardens was coming into work just before 8 Wednesday morning, when she saw a man hopping over the fence, to get in a pick-up truck--full of their merchandise.

"She caught a couple of perpetrators, I guess that's what we should call them, trying to steal some plants and other material," says Springhouse Gardens owner Richard Weber.

The two got away with a truckload of what the owner says are expensive plants, that someone who knows a bit about landscaping would take.

"Looks like box woods, maybe some laurels, Japanese maples, which are really staple landscape items. It's possibly an easy way to make some money if you sell a job and you don't have to pay for the material you're selling," Weber says.

Weber says while the crooks are likely cashing in on the plants, he's left trying to make certain this type of thing doesn't happen again.

"Hopefully this wont happen too much more. It's hard enough to be in business these days anyway, without losing your inventory," Weber says.

The owner says he does not want to have to put up a taller fence around the gardens, but in light of what happened this morning, he might have to for security.

They're still taking inventory, but the owner of springhouse gardens says the plants missing range in price from $25 to nearly $1,000.

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