‘Wanton behaviour’: Pot plant thief a disgrace
A Coast plant lover is disgusted with the "wanton behaviour" of a pot plant thief who nicked two of her loved plants before destroying them.
Aura resident Michelle Warren has had two of her pot plants stolen from her fenced yard and has been forced to move the remaining pots away from prying eyes.
Ms Warren said she was considering installing security cameras after hearing other residents had rose bushes dug up.
"Our fence doesn't have a gate, so they have seen them reached out and grabbed them, it's just wanton behaviour," she said.
"I don't mind if a fellow succulent lover would like to break off a piece and propagate the plants, but to take the whole pot is just madness, it's a lack of respect.
"A lot of people responded to my post saying they are getting security cameras and it's sad that we are changing this very beautiful community into something that is very policed and we are really nervous about putting nice things out."
The homeowner noticed her first plant was missing after a brief trip to see her parents.
"I'd gone and checked the mail and thought something was missing and looked down and saw that my pot plant in a nice little pink pot was missing," she said.
"I thought this is weird, I looked over the fence, I asked my partner if he had moved it and I was extremely confused at that point."
After posting her experience to the Aura community Facebook page Ms Warren said she cut her losses, but became frustrated when she noticed a second plant missing a few days later.
"I was distraught and thought 'this absolutely sucks', it's my property, so it should really not be touched by anyone," she said.
"Needing some comfort food we went for a walk to the IGA and my partner saw part of my first pot, that had been stolen, broken in the garden bed and saw a dirt stain on the path and also found a bit of the plant and the rest of the pot just smashed in the garden."
Upon further inspection Ms Warren's partner found the second pot stashed in another garden bed.
"That one was at least not smashed, so I recovered it, but the flowers had been ripped off and it was a bit mutilated, but the pot was still in tacked," she said.
Ms Warren, who started collecting succulents roughly two years ago, said she found growing the plants very calming.
"Whoever is stealing them needs to reassess with what they are doing with themselves and notice that it's causing frustration," she said.
Ms Warren said she was extremely grateful to neighbours and other plant lovers who donated plants to her as replacements.
"Out of all of this I have made some really nice friends, fellow plant lovers, so good did come out of it in the end," she said.
Ms Warren has moved the planters to deter any further mischief.