Green fingered gentleman thief in night time garden raid
Residents shocked following spate of stolen plants
Residents in Stile Hall Gardens were left shocked after falling victims to a green fingered criminal last week.
The incident happened at around 10.00pm on Friday evening when a woman spotted a someone manhandling decorative holly bushes planted in zinc tubs each weighing around 25-30 kilos each from her garden. The plants were then taken to an old maroon van parked around the corner in Regent Street and put through the sliding side doors.
Instead of fleeing the scene of his crime when the woman knocked on her window and started shouting, he returned and took a third pot (two were already in the van) which he only dropped in the street as the woman's husband unlocked their front door to confront him.
The suspect then jumped into the van and screeched off "in a fog of burning rubber".
"It was the sheer brazen nature of the crime which shocked us - both the timing and the complete lack of fear of being caught. Unfortunately the van shot round the corner before I could get the registration." one of the victims told ChiswickW4.com
Last month a number of items of brand new garden furniture and plants were stolen from goodness* the night before their opening although Police do not believe that this incident is linked to the Stile Hall Gardens one.
July 11, 2006