The site of a stolen tree at Casuarina.
The site of a stolen tree at Casuarina. Contributed

Green thumbed crime needs to be weeded out: cops

POLICE have urged Tweed residents to report garden thefts, to root out the crime, as thieves branch out into horticulture at Casuarina.

Plant pilfering has increased in recent weeks according to concerned residents who have taken to social media to air their grievances.

Resident Richelle Courtney said she planted a new tree outside her house, only for it to be stolen two weeks later on Friday.

Sylvi Allan said when she lived around the corner from the location of the tree theft, “plants were being taken all the time”.

Jenna Kennedy said “I’ve had a plant stolen out of my front yard too about two months ago” while Janine Ardill said her plant disappeared a month ago.

“I told my husband it must have been kids being silly. Obviously not,” she said.

Tweed Byron LAC duty officer Bobbie Cullen said residents should report the incidents to the Police Assistance Line.

“They should report it – it is an offence to steal a plant - and we all know plants aren’t cheap these days,” she said.

“We can investigate it from there, and put something together to target the crime.”

The Police Assistance Line is 131 444 and operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are a victim of a crime, other than life threatening or time critical emergency situations, you should contact PAL.



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