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Not again! Thieves steal more plants from Narrows Garden

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Thieves stole hundreds of dollars worth of supplies and plants from the beleaguered Narrows Botanical Garden last week — the second burglary this year at the all-volunteer green oasis along Shore Road.

Volunteers said that burglars broke into the garden, which is at 69th Street, after it closed for the night on June 7. When workers showed up the next morning, they discovered that two newly installed motion detectors had been destroyed, and a plant cart, a $300 leaf blower, $150 in ivy and other valuable plants and supplies had been taken.

“It just makes me disgusted,” said Jimmy Johnson, the garden landscaper. “People are using us as their personal gardening store.”

Johnson said he doesn’t suspect any of his volunteers, considering that the stolen items are typically needed for landscaping or gardening jobs.

“The thieves are very knowledgeable people,” said Johnson. “They knew what they wanted and they took it — it’s disgusting.”

The burglary took place just six weeks after green guerillas last broke into the garden and stole thousands worth of rare plants and planters.

Later, though, nurseries and landscaping companies from Southern Brooklyn donated plants, trees and other materials. Now, Johnson said he is going to need help from his neighbors again.

“I need people to start looking around and spreading the word that this is happening,” said Johnson. “I’m afraid this will happen again.”

Cops said that there is still no suspect for either incident.

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
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Reasonable discourse

Carla Marks from Brighton says:
They were redistributed, not stolen - other people are enjoying them, people who did not have plants of their own.
June 13, 2011, 12:15 pm
dan from bay ridge says:
Anyone notice how all these local elected officials and "community leaders" always just pat each other on the back and commend the 68 precinct at meetings but bay ridge continues to go down the tubes- this is another perfect example.
June 13, 2011, 5:33 pm
liz from windsor terrace says:
Carla Marks--can we just go into your home and redistribute your belongings? And you are wrong--other people could enjoy the plants when they were in the public Narrows Garden; now they have been privatized.
June 13, 2011, 5:42 pm
Chris from Bay Ridge says:
Maybe we can have the City Install some Cameras around the garden with a feed into the Precinct. This can also help with other crimes in the area.
June 13, 2011, 6:26 pm
Jaded from BR says:
Looks like an off-site storage facility is needed...or serious beat down on these thugs.
June 13, 2011, 9:55 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
even adding a few "fake" CCTV pretending to watch to garden helps.
June 14, 2011, 11:14 am
Hmmm says:
I dunno this seems very strange and curious it must be somebody with a personal vendetta its fairly obvious.
June 18, 2011, 10:02 pm

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