“Obviously, we would urge residents to illuminate their porches at night to avoid being the victim of these crimes and maybe install sensor lights,” said Diana Salazar, spokeswoman for the Whittier Police Department. Bellamy said most of the pilfered plants were not expensive or rare, leaving her and her neighbors to wonder about the motive. “Most could be had for under $10,” she said. “Only the variegated mint they took from me was a little more unusual. There is no seeming logic to what they took.” Siciliano said only the strongest of his geraniums were taken, indicating a thief who was familiar with botany, or at least gardening. “It’s obviously someone who knows what they’re doing,” he said. Even the East Whittier Presbyterian Church was not immune to the nocturnal flower filcher. In an attempt to beautify the church grounds in time for their 100-year celebration March 11, volunteers had planted new daisies last week that also ended up stolen. “They didn’t cost thousands of dollars, but they were pretty and made the church grounds look nice,” said Jean Curry, administrative assistant for the church. “It’s just the thought. All the flowers I’ve planted at my house – I’d die if someone came in and took them.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At least four residents in Bellamy’s neighborhood in the Michigan Park area have called police about plants stolen out of their yards at night over the past couple of weeks, police said. Bellamy said she noticed a recently planted sage missing about two weeks ago but dismissed it. “One plant I had just put in, and when I looked I thought, `Am I crazy? I know that sage plant was there,”‘ Bellamy said. “At first I thought an animal dug it up, and I didn’t give it another thought.” But last week, when she found the larger sage missing and a trail of dirt leading from it, she knew a human was responsible, she said. Although Whittier police officials confirmed the reports, they had no new information about the culprits and had made no arrests as of Tuesday. WHITTIER – When Tom Siciliano came out to water his plants, he found empty holes in the ground. Trails of dirt led down the sidewalk. Gone were the dozen geraniums Siciliano had planted a few days earlier. Down the street, Andrea Bellamy went outdoors the same day last week and found trails of dirt leading away from one of two sage plants she had recently arranged symmetrically on either side of her walkway. And it wasn’t the first time she found plants missing.
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