$6,000 garden pot theft may be linked to Timaru nursery thefts

Around $6,000 worth of garden pots were stolen from Timaru's Miter 10 Mega store.  (File photo)

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Around $6,000 worth of garden pots were stolen from Timaru’s Miter 10 Mega store. (File photo)

Thousands of dollars worth of garden pots have been stolen from Timaru’s Miter 10 Mega store and the manager believes the burglary may be linked to a series of robberies at a nursery in town.

Miter 10 Mega Timaru store manager Dave Ferguson said approximately $6,000 worth of jars were stolen from the Bank St store’s off-site storage area around 1 a.m. on May 25.

“We haven’t done the actual estimates yet, but it’s around $6,000.

“They came in through the doors and took the garden pots, some of which are very heavy,” Ferguson said.

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Two days later, on May 27, a wide array of plants were stolen from the Green Leaf Plant Center, Otipua Rd. This is the third theft reported by the garden center this month.

Ferguson said he believed the thefts could be linked.

“Thefts at the nursery, and in our store, seem to be the theme of the month.”

He said the off-site location was not part of the Bank Street store but was located nearby.

Store manager Dave Ferguson believes those responsible for the theft would have needed a large vehicle or trailer to carry away the large amount of pots.  (File photo)

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Store manager Dave Ferguson believes those responsible for the theft would have needed a large vehicle or trailer to carry away the large amount of pots. (File photo)

Ferguson said he spoke to nearby businesses and asked for security camera footage.

“We are reviewing security footage,” he said.

He said officials would have needed a large vehicle or trailer to transport the large amount of pots.

“We have already made some changes and are considering making further security changes to the site.”

Green Leaf Plant Center Timaru co-owner Marina Omelvena said the thefts at her nursery are becoming

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Green Leaf Plant Center Timaru co-owner Marina Omelvena said the thefts at her nursery were getting “too much”. (File photo)

On Tuesday, Green Leaf Plant Center co-owner Marina Omelvena said the three thefts this month followed a particularly difficult few years for the Otipua Rd business.

“Mentally it’s quite tough. It’s been a tough couple of years. In the hail three years ago we lost 80% of our stock and then a few months later Covid hit and there was a another lock.

Omelvena said the business was first hit on May 11 or 12 and then again about a week later. The third flight took place on May 27. She said the thefts usually happen overnight.

A spokesperson for the police media team confirmed that an investigation into the thefts at Miter 10 Mega and the Green Leaf Plant Center is ongoing.