Green guerrillas! Someone is stealing plants from the Narrows Botanical Garden

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Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of rare planters and exotic plants from the beleaguered Narrows Botanical Garden last week — the latest attack on the all-volunteer green oasis along Shore Road.

Cops said that the burglars broke in sometime after the garden, which is at 69th Street, closed for the night on Thursday, April 21. When workers showed up on Friday morning, they discovered that two sheds had been broken into and $2,090 in terra cotta planters, Hinoki and Boxwood shrubs, a $3,000 bonzai tree, Evergreen trees and other valuable plants had been taken.

All of the material had been donated, which doubled the feeling of violation.

“We’re just so disgusted over this,” said Jimmy Johnson, the garden landscaper. “I can’t believe someone would do this to a volunteer effort.”

Johnson added that the stolen shrubbery represented the most expensive plants in the garden, which led him to believe that the thieves have a green thumb.

“Whoever did this knew what he was doing,” said Johnson.

It is unclear if there is any connection between this crime and a spate of other mysterious incidents at the garden. Earlier last week, Johnson found some vegetables and herbs stolen from one of the sheds. And last month, Parks Department workers broke into the garden after getting a false tip that chickens were being illegally kept in a coop there. That incident was linked to a disgruntled neighbor.

“There is only so much I can take,” said Johnson. “First the chicken incident and now this — we’re just so vulnerable here.”

Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to call the 68th Precinct at (718) 439-4211.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018: Now includes another stolen item: A bonzai tree! A bonzai tree, Jerry! A bonzai tree.
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Reasonable discourse

Dave from Clinton Hill says:
What grim idiots would do this?
April 25, 2011, 11:57 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Don't be upset Dave, it is the Robin Hood mentality.

Bay Ridge is rich, so they won't miss these plants. Someone who didn't have plants took them. They will plant them in a place that needs plants, and the world will be a better place because we've redistributed these plants with the net result the same.

The Polar bears are smiling at them Dave, you should feel good, and that's all that counts.
April 26, 2011, 7:35 am
JG from Bay Ridge says:
If I catch anyone stealing anything from the garden again, they'll need to start stealing medical supplies. No joke, they will get hurt.
April 26, 2011, 10:35 am
blue collar from staten island says:
rich? bayridge is a working class neighborhood , its stealing yes stealing! from a community garden which is bare bones group is heartbreaking and what was stolen isn't going to feed or put clothes on the back of families its going to a home owner not for a rental apartment
April 26, 2011, 5:51 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Awwwww, stealing? It's just sharing the wealth, giving from the haves to the have nots.

How can anyone 'own' a plant, they belong to us all!

The Polar bears thank you!
April 27, 2011, 7:42 am
blue collar from staten island says:
wow lesson when you take what not yours an brake in an cut locks to get in to steal what would you call that i wonder if they broke into your home your family home an took all you have would you feel the same as well they must have needed it more that me an my children
April 27, 2011, 12:39 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I used to live in Park Slope (talk about rich?) in the late 1990's and homeowners used to CHAIN their plants and scrubs together in their gardens to avoid theft. It was unreal.

And worse- the thieves would sell the stolen goods to the church goers on Flatbush Ave. on Sunday mornings! They couldn't tell it was stolen goods??

So much for thou shalt not steal; eh?
April 27, 2011, 3:10 pm

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