CCTV use planned to stop nursery thefts

PLANT THEFT: Sue Riley has had a number of staghorn plants stolen from her business situated in Bells Road, Woongarra. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
PLANT THEFT: Sue Riley has had a number of staghorn plants stolen from her business situated in Bells Road, Woongarra. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG nursery owner has had enough and has now installed CCTV cameras after a number of break and enters.

Tropical Paradise on Lovers Walk Nursery owner Sue Riley said she is sick and tired of opening her doors in the morning only to find people had been in and stolen items including expensive plants the night before.

The latest theft happened between 4pm Monday and 7.15am Tuesday where a number of registered stag

horns were stolen.

"I walked in to work and noticed there were no bloody staghorns on the wall," Mrs Riley said.

"We have worked our guts out for this place - no one else gets up to be at work at 5am.

"It's a bit annoying because everything that has been stolen we have had to buy ourselves as they are plants which are too hard to grow from scratch."

Mrs Riley said the stag

horn were all registered and tagged and it seemed like the person/persons knew what they were after.

"They had to come in near the pond where they went over the fence," she said. "It's like they knew where to go and what to take."

In October the business reported a number of plants and a wheelbarrow had been stolen and after an article in the NewsMail a neighbouring farmer called to say he had located the wheelbarrow on his property.

Mrs Riley said yesterday they had now installed CCTV to help catch the culprits if they were to return.

And it's not the first time native plants had been

stolen in the Bundaberg area.

In December, Tony Giovannoni was left fuming after thieves broke in to his construction site and stole a number of xanthorrhoeas, commonly known as black boys.

The plants were stolen from The Christensen Industries job site on Phoebe Cres which was securely locked when the brazen thieves slipped through an opening between walls. Mr Giovannoni told the NewsMail yesterday he still has not seen the return of the plants.

Bundaberg police are investigating the plants stolen from Tropical Paradise Nursery.

Anyone with information should contact

Policelink and quote police reference number QP1600067443.

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