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Rose bushes stolen from Apopka garden center day before Valentine’s Day


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JAZMIN: AN APOPKA GARDEN CENTER SAYS IT’S BEEN HIT UP BY THIEVES TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW AND AMONG THE ITEMS STOLEN ARE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OR ROSE BUSHES. THE DAY BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY. STEWART: THE FAMILY THAT RUNS THE NURSERY SHARED THEIR FRUSTRATION WITH WESH 2’S AMANDA DUKES. AMANDA: THE SIGN AT THIS APOPKA NURSERY SAYS, “WHY BUY YOUR VALENTINE CUT FLOWERS? WE HAVE WHOLE PLANTS.” WELL, SOME THIEVES PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON THIS OFFER AND IGNORED THE WORD “BUY.” JUSTIN DUNN AND HIS DAD RUN THE LINER PATCH GARDEN CENTER ON PLYMOUTH SORRENTO ROAD IN APOPKA. WEDNESDAY MORNING, THEY MAKE A DISCOURAGING DISCOVERY. >> DAD JUST HAPPENED TO LOOK OVER IN THAT AREA AND SEEN THAT MOST OF OUR ROSES WERE GONE. AMANDA: THEY DISCOVERED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF POTTED PLANTS HAD BEEN STOLEN OVERNIGHT. >> STARTED TO NOTICE FENCE WAS PEELED UP AND THERE WAS ROSE PETALS LEADING ALL THE WAY UP TO THE ROAD. AMANDA: AND THAT’S NOT THE WORST OF IT. LAST NIGHT THIEVES RETURNED AND STOLE MORE PLANTS. DUNN SAYS HIS NURSERY’S SURVEILLANCE VIDEO CAPTURED THEM IN THE ACT. A CAR PULLS UP ALONG THE FENCE, AND WHILE IT’S HARD TO SEE, THE THIEVES CUT THE BOTTOM OF THE FENCE AND PEEL IT UPWARD. DUNN SAYS THEY STOLE A BUNCH OF LANDSCAPING BUSHES, AND THEN ONE OF THE SUSPECTS RUNS ACROSS THE SCREEN. THE CAR FOLLOWS, AND THEY CUT ANOTHER SECTION OF THE FENCE SO THEY CAN STEAL SEVERAL ROSE BUSHES. >> WE’VE DONE A LOT OF STUFF FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WHEN YOU SEE THAT KIND OF STUFF HAPPEN, IT JUST THROWS YOU. DO WE EVEN WANT TO BOTHER ANYMORE? AMANDA: APOPKA POLICE SAY THEY’RE INVESTIGATING BUT THERE’S NO WORD ON WHETHER THEY HAVE ANY SUSPECTS. DUNN SPECULATES THE THIEVES MIGHT BE SELLING THE STOLEN PLANTS FOR LANDSCAPING JOBS. HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR THEM.

Rose bushes stolen from Apopka garden center day before Valentine’s Day

An Apopka garden center said thieves have struck two nights in a row, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of rose bushes the day before Valentine’s Day.Justin Dunn and his dad run the Liner Patch garden center on Plymouth Sorrento Road in Apopka. Wednesday morning they made a discouraging discovery. “Dad just happened to look over in that area and seen that most of our roses were gone,” Dunn said. They discovered hundreds of dollars worth of potted plants had been stolen overnight.”Started to notice fence was peeled up and there was rose petals leading all the way up to the road,” Dunn said.Then Wednesday night the thieves returned and stole more plants.Dunn said his nursery’s surveillance video captured the thieves in the act. The video shows a car pulling up along the fence and the thieves cutting the bottom of it to peel it upward.Dunn said they stole a number of landscaping bushes and then one of the thieves runs across and cuts another section of the fence so they can steal several rose bushes. Apopka police say they’re investigating but there’s no word on whether they have any suspects.

APOPKA, Fla. —

An Apopka garden center said thieves have struck two nights in a row, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of rose bushes the day before Valentine’s Day.

Justin Dunn and his dad run the Liner Patch garden center on Plymouth Sorrento Road in Apopka. Wednesday morning they made a discouraging discovery.

“Dad just happened to look over in that area and seen that most of our roses were gone,” Dunn said. They discovered hundreds of dollars worth of potted plants had been stolen overnight.

“Started to notice fence was peeled up and there was rose petals leading all the way up to the road,” Dunn said.

Then Wednesday night the thieves returned and stole more plants.Dunn said his nursery’s surveillance video captured the thieves in the act. The video shows a car pulling up along the fence and the thieves cutting the bottom of it to peel it upward.

Dunn said they stole a number of landscaping bushes and then one of the thieves runs across and cuts another section of the fence so

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