Green thumbs on high alert after spate of plant thefts in Bass Hill

Bass Hill’s Bob King wants to warn others after his and a neighbour’s plants were stolen.

Story appeared in: Torch | November 21st, 2017

A PHANTOM green thumb is stealing plants from Bass Hill yards, warns avid gardener, Bob King - and he's not impressed.
"To say I'm dirty on them is an understatement," Bob said.
The 74-year-old pensioner found one morning last week, three holes in his front garden where he had previously planted Azalea bushes.
"I only planted them the week before, and I woke to find them gone," Bob said.
"They also took Marigolds from the garden."
Bob said the plants cost him about $100, but it isn't the money that riles him.
"What makes me mad is that I put a lot of effort into planting and looking after the Azaleas.
"I've lived here for 50 years and never has anything like this happened in the past."
Bob said initially he thought vandals had struck, and he was expecting to find his plants strewn on the road.
"I searched around and there was no sign of the plants," he said. "Someone's taken them for their own garden. It's a low act."
Bob later learnt that a neighbour also had several large pots, with plants inside, stolen from her verandah.
"I don't know what's wrong with these people," he said. "Are they just too lazy to grow their own plants, or just can't afford to buy them."

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