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Posted on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 11:30 a.m.

Vegetables stolen from deck at Ann Arbor home

By Lee Higgins

Is it a case of a hungry thief?

Roughly a dozen potted plants, including a number of vegetables, were reported stolen Saturday from a deck at a Northbrook Drive home in Ann Arbor, police said.

The plants, which included cherry tomatoes, green peppers and lemon grass, were taken between 9:20 a.m. Thursday and 8:25 a.m. Saturday, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.

The 39-year-old victim told he was puzzled by the theft because so few of the vegetables were ripe.

Bush said there have not been any similar thefts reported recently.



Fri, Aug 26, 2011 : 1:24 p.m.

It's Obamas fault. He's soft on crime. And the earthquake is his fault too. And the hurricanes. Wait, the hurricanes are Bushes fault, right? I'm sorry, I always get confused during presidential campaigns.


Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 5:20 p.m.

With the increasing number of front lawns in Ann Arbor that are being turned into personal gardens, used to supplement income and feed families during the hard times that some people in this community are encountering, this sure is news, and I'm glad to know about it.


Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing!


Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 3:52 p.m.

I hear they have called the fbi in on this.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 9:06 p.m.

To Chelsea Bob: Surely you aren't going to blame this on the President. If we are going to go that route, then let's not forget that it was your President Bush whom you seem to revere so much who got us into this economic "pickle" in the first place that might cause what I hope is a hungry person's theft and not a destructive person's needless theft. And, thank you, anything lawbreaking in our community no matter how insignificant it might seem to others is still news. Last time I checked, trespassing and theft were indeed crimes.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

Thou Shalt not Steal : Thanks for reporting this crime to AAPD and thanks for publishing this story about theft involving plants and vegetables. I would rule out hunger as the possible motivation. The potted plants are not an immediate source of food. The vegetables may need some preparation or cooking as they are not like fruits which could be directly consumed. It appears to me that the thief had violated the commandment that is given in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, verse 17 which reads as follows: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, ........, nor anything that is thy neighbor's." This theft describes the covetous nature of the thief and I will not be surprised if the thief lives in the same neighborhood and had replanted the stolen property at his/her home. The commandment does not speak about the material value of things. The commandment wants us to discern our own thoughts and desires.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

This never happened when Bush was president. Just saying....


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 1:14 p.m.

What, exactly, does the bereft gardener expect the gallant AAPD to do about this?


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 11:29 a.m.

I appreciate the information. Knowing what's happening in our community helps me.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 11:50 p.m.

Wow, this is my nomination for "slow day in news" story of the year. Not saying this wouldn't tick me of if it happened to me but doubt i would even bother with calling police let alone the newspaper. I have had more valuable things stolen than this. If it doesn't meet my homeowners deductible, don't see the point in wasting my time reporting to cops that are not going to waste their time investigating.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 8:49 p.m.

Not ma's green peppers !!!! shocking news!! call the new york times!


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

Maybe someone was hungry. Maybe someone lost their job and doesn't have the little bit of change to buy some veggies. Maybe it is a good thing that all that was taken was some plants and not the patio furniture. Maybe it is a good thing the house wasn't broken into. Maybe the economy is getting to the racoons now... humans aren't throwing away as much food anymore which is causing the racoons to take drastic measures and steal entire plants from peoples decks. just maybe...


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

This is called grasping at straws. Given that a number of other plants were taken in addition to the (unripe) veggies, I doubt hunger or need was a factor here. And saying it's a good thing the house wasn't broken into is like telling someone who just had a heart attack they're lucky it wasn't cancer. And raccoons carrying off potted plants? Is this supposed to be a gag?

Bertha Venation

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

hmmmm.... yyyaaaa.... good points.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

Theft from a deck, yard or porch is newsworthy - to me. A reminder that some people are bold enough to get onto private property and walk away with another persons property, be it plants, snowblowers, tools, packages delivered, etc. reminds me not to be careless about what I leave out for others to help themselves to. My neighbors had their returnables stolen in broad daylight. Another had a bird feeder stolen. Seems you can't leave anything out if you will regret it's disappearance.

John A2

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:41 p.m.

Maybe check the homeless camps all around A2


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:37 p.m.

Forget the plants! I want to know what's happening with Lewis the cat! There hasn't been an update in weeks! Is he all right? Has he wandered off again? Could the hairball he coughed up be a sign of a more serious underlying malady? Inquiring readers want to know!


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 10:14 p.m.

Maybe Lewis the Cat took the plants... Just maybe...


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:37 p.m.

...Tree said there have been reports recently of shady characters, however.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:20 p.m.

This IS news! It is theft, I just put my garden to rest after sharing with my neighbors and the hungry. (this is NOT a hungry thief) More like destructive people/ persons.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:10 p.m.

Now, that's LOW.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

Those raccoons are pretty versatile these days.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 4:21 p.m.

This is not news


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 2:07 p.m.

Nobody is making you read it.


Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 8:08 p.m.

If you had carefully started and tended all those plants and were looking forward to harvesting, you would think it's news.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 : 5:10 p.m.

For Ann Arbor, it is. ;)